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Local Effects of a Government Shutdown

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Gridlock in Washington may be causing problems here at home.

As October 1st looms, the United States Government faces what could be a government shutdown.


The United States Government hasn't had a budget in six years, instead a number of continuing resolutions are filling the gaps. Even that quick fix is in jeopardy as an October 1st budget deadline approaches and that could mean trouble for federal services in our area. 

With the nation on a path that may result in a government shut down, federal services may be at risk. Included-- social security - used by people like Melissa Crandall.

"They provide every service I request, and I have requested quite a few, they've helped me immensely." Said Crandall. 

Crandall uses the Social Security Office in Alexandria as a lifeline.

A government shut down could force her to go elsewhere in search of options. 

"Certainly it would change my life, I already drive to this one. I couldn't imagine having to drive any further." Said Crandall. 

for Cenla veterans a government shut down could also mean changes in their health benefits. 

"It would be a great loss for me because I would have to pay for the surgery I'm about to do through. Veteran's Administration is actually a blessing, it's really helping me out." Said Gary George Gary III.

A potential change that would affect those who rely on Government services.

"Every day we serve about 450 veterans in an out-patient setting either her in Alexandria or Pineville, but also Fort Polk Louisiana, Lafayette, Jennings, Lake Charles and also in Natchitoches." Said VA Administrator Martin Traxler. 

A change those here hope they never have to see.

"I figure if a man or woman took their time out to defend their country, I can't see why they would even consider cutting the funds for the veteran's administration, that's how I feel." Said Gary. 

The administration at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pineville says they are funded through 2014 and even if a shut down were to happen patients would see no changes in their care. 

However if Washington cannot reach an agreement by October first funding would certainly be harder to come by for federally run institutions like the VA. 

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