Impact of government shutdown may be felt at South Florida National Cemetery

LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- The impact of an extended government shutdown may be felt at South Florida National Cemetery as early as next week.

Money allocated to national cemeteries may run out as early as October 22nd, Kurt Rotar, director of Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell told The Tampa Tribune .

Rotar said national cemeteries may have to furlough employees, limit gravesite care and reduce the number of veterans that can be buried daily.

"Everybody you talk to is affected in some way by it," Lynn Ginsburg, a Delray Beach resident whose husband, PFC Lester Ginsburg, is buried at South Florida National Cemetery . "I just don't see how people are going to get by if it continues like this. I think it would be very sad if they let this go. I don't know how they could do that."

Employees are expected to be paid if they are furloughed, but they wouldn't receive a paycheck until the shutdown ended.

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