The Boise Regional Veterans Affairs benefits office has been closed as the U.S. government shutdown has added 7,000 federal employees of the VA department to its furlough.
That will make it difficult for veterans to get information about their benefits and the status of their claims.
The Boise Regional Office administers monetary benefits to 17,283 veterans in Idaho, Utah, and Oregon.
Meanwhile, VA medical centers and clinics are still fully operational, including in- and out-patient care, surgeries, prescriptions, dental services, extended care, mental health care, nursing home care and special health care services.
Additionally, the VA has suspended processing of Freedom of Information Act queries, recruiting and hiring of Veteran job applicants have ceased, internments at the nation's Veterans Cemeteries are being conducted on a reduced schedule, and Veterans Benefits Affairs is not able to continue any overtime for claims processors.
The Office of Veterans Affairs has also ceased operations at its education call center, and has also pulled the plug on its Inspector General Hotline and Consumer Affairs Hotline.