With the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passing legislation to end the government shutdown, veterans nationwide will continue to receive their Veterans Affairs benefits.
Earlier this month, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki warned the claims would stop being processed if the shutdown continued.
Oklahoma is home to more than 340,000 veterans, many of whom rely on their VA benefits.
Caldwell O'Keefe is one of those veterans who said his benefits help pay his mortgage and several other bills.
The Vietnam veteran said he is relieved Congress reached a deal, however he is unhappy with how things played out over the last several weeks.
"I'm relieved that I'm not going to default on my mortgage and all of my bills, etcetera," he said. "It doesn't change how angry I am at Washington."
Caldwell says he hopes this forces Congress to go back to working for the people who elect them.
"They forget that out here, this is real life and death stuff to all of us Americans," he said.
The next VA benefit checks will be distributed on November 1.
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