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Federal shutdown impacts some functions in Tampa Bay

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At the National Cemetery in Bushnell the grass is being mowed and burials are still going on. A spokesperson for the cemetery said it's business as usual Tuesday.

However according to an advisory from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "Interments at National Cemeteries will be conducted on a reduced schedule."

Across the nation the shutdown of the federal government is impacting government agencies and offices in a variety of ways. The Social Security Administration says checks are still being mailed. However, if you need an original or a replacement social security card, you'll have to wait.

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Earnings records corrections and updates and benefit verifications have also been suspended by the Social Security Administration.

At
Bay Pines Hospital in St. Petersburg, it's also business as usual. The hospital's spokesperson said the hospital falls under a continued funding appropriation through 2014.

A spokesperson for the James A. Haley V.A. Hospital in Tampa said they are also funded through 2014. The Haley V.A. Hospital representative said all hospital functions, even clinics and outreach programs are working today despite the government shutdown.

This is not true at MacDill Air force base. The federal shutdown is having an impact there.

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"We expect to see reduced service levels to include: our family readiness programs, education and training programs and medical programs, plus other areas that take care of our service men and women, retirees and entire MacDill community," the base representative said. "The government shutdown will have a lasting impact on our families and service men and women, but should not hinder existing operations or the safety and security of our forces and base."
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