Alamo unaffected by government shutdown


State officials are discrediting reports that the most-visited Texas attraction has been closed during the partial shutdown of the federal government.

"This is a good example of why things that matter most to Texans — like the Alamo — remain Texan, just like the Christmas Mountains out in West Texas," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, referring to a misguided attempted federal land grab that drew attention back in 2008. "Texas isn't going to let government get in the way of honoring our heroes, whether it's at the Alamo or at the VLB."

State officials say the Texas Veterans Land Board's eight Texas State Veterans Homes, which take care of our living military personnel, are also open.

"The shutdown is not stopping us from caring for our heroes," Patterson said. "We do not anticipate any problems with us receiving Veterans Administration payments for nursing home care, but the VLB has more than enough funds in our veterans programs to cover the costs should federal funding cease and until this shutdown is resolved."

Officials say Texas will continue to process claims and payments to state veterans home care programs until funding is exhausted, but funding should be sufficient through October. A shutdown exceeding 30 days may delay the processing of some new home loans.

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