CHAFFEE, MO (KFVS) - It's day 8 of the government shutdown and if this trend continues, veterans may be directly affected.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, during the government shutdown, VA medical centers, clinics and other health services have money set aside for 2014 and will remain open.
In the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs will be suspended when the money is gone.
Some veterans we spoke with say that money is their only source of income right now, whether that's because they don't have a job or they are retired.
"Currently I'm unemployed so my disabilities check is my income and if the shutdown does happen to affect that then I could have no income coming in," said Joseph Mohorc II, a veteran.
"That's something we've earned and that's something the American people have given to us," said Joseph Mohorc Sr., also a veteran. "Anything like it took the ultimate sacrifice to get and when they take something away from you it's more than a slap in the face, it's a kick in the head and that hurts."
The Department of Veterans Affairs says 7,000 employees will be furloughed and regional offices will be closed starting Tuesday.