Government shutdown affecting veterans cemeteries

Florida National Cemetery money running out

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12. What will this do to the economy? Depends on how long it lasts. Before the government shutdown started, Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody's Analytics, said a shutdown of three or four weeks "would do significant economic damage" -- reducing GDP by 1.4 percentage points for the quarter. Also, as the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling looms and merges into the shutdown debate, investors are getting nervous -- stocks fell in early trading on Monday. The international financial community is also getting nervous. As top financial officials from around the world gathered in Washington over the weekend, Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, said the consequences of a failure to raise the debt limit would be dire for economies around the world.

BUSHNELL, Fla. - The director of the Florida National Cemetery says that if the government shutdown doesn't end by Oct. 22, national cemeteries will have to reduce the number of veterans they can bury every day, furlough employees and limit the care they give to gravesites.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Kurt Rotar says that's the day money already allocated to the national cemeteries will run out.

At the Florida National Cemetery, that would mean reducing the number of funerals -- as many as 30 a day -- by as much as one-third.

Rotar says he would have to reduce his workforce from 63 to 19 in Bushnell.

Grounds maintenance already has been reduced by the shutdown.

The shutdown would reduce the capacity of other national cemeteries in Florida as well.

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