The federal government shutdown has had its first impact upon the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS) — the department’s Claims & Appeals Division is now closed to visitors.
The Claims & Appeals Division operates in an office suite located at 1700 Clairmont Road, Decatur, within a federal building belonging to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office (VARO-Atlanta). Due to the ongoing federal government shutdown, VARO-Atlanta has reduced its staff and, effective Oct. 8, is closing the building to visitors.
The Claims & Appeals Division remains fully staffed, and GDVS personnel remain at work and ready to assist Georgia veterans, just not in person.
If you have business with the Claims & Appeals Division, please make contact via phone or email. (See contacts here: http://veterans.georgia.gov/claims-and-appeals-division.)
As an agency of state government, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service is not directly affected by the federal government shutdown. This building closing is the first indirect impact of the shutdown. All other GDVS operations remain fully functional.
All other GDVS offices remain open, including those located within VA medical facilities, which are exempt from the federal government shutdown. Both state veterans nursing homes and both state veterans cemeteries remain fully operational.
If the federal government shutdown persists long enough to have additional effects on GDVS operations, the department will issue guidance as appropriate.
Veterans may continue to apply for federal and state benefits at any GDVS office. State benefit applications will be filed and processed normally; federal benefit applications will be filed normally but processing may be delayed as the federal government shutdown affects the Veterans Benefits Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.