NORFOLK -- Despite the government shutdown reaching its third day and thousands of civil servants furloughed, the Navy is able to continue providing numerous critical services, including counseling and religious programs offered by its chaplain corps.

Other vital services which were exempted from being shut down, and therefore still in operation, include suicide and substance abuse counseling, sexual assault and prevention response and prevention initiatives.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command tells 13News Now that other programs which remain in operation include family service centers, child care centers, fitness centers, galleys, the Navy lodge, Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, and base gas stations.

Although commissaries have now been closed because of the shutdown, exchanges remain open.

Lieutenant Lauren Cole explains that profits from exchanges are directed to important quality of life efforts for sailors and their families including the Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

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