What most people need to know about shutdown

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Here are some things everyone should know about the shutdown:

• Mail will still be delivered.

• All museums, national parks and their visitor centers will be closed – including the Smithsonian, the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and Alcatraz Island. In all, 368 parks, museums and zoos will be closed, per CNN. This does not affect the USS Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile, which is self-supporting.

• You still have to file and pay taxes, but the Internal Revenue Service will cease with all audits and processing of non-electronic returns. Call sites that handle responding to tax payers’ questions will also be suspended.

• If flying, you can still get where you’re going. Federal air traffic controllers, airport screeners and federal inspectors will still be on the job. And, applications for visas and U.S. applications for passports will continue and embassies will provide services.

• As for food stamps, Social Security, Medicare, there’s a lot to know.

Social Security and Medicare benefits will continue, and the USDA will continue food stamps for at least one month, according to CNN.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, could shut down. School lunches and breakfasts will continue to be served, per NBC News.

• On VA benefits, all VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational, including inpatient and outpatient care, and other special care services. Veteran claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs will also continue through late October.

• Those service men and women still on active duty will still get paid. President Barack Obama on Monday signed legislation to ensuring that for the military’s 1.4 million active duty personnel.