Post # 1
As federal workers around the country worry about the impending payday that may not come, one group has reason to worry. Military families are particularly susceptible to financial strain and predatory payday lenders. With the government shutdown threatening an end to paychecks, military families have taken to social media sites to protest what could have a devastating financial effect.
I’m sure everyone know about the possible shutdown of the government and military families not recieving pay. Its all over the news and facebook. Whether or not this actually happens the government needs to know that its unacceptable to even think about stopping pay to these families while we are at war! These families dont make enough as it is and fight for our country everyday. They will continue to fight – they cannot go on strike or protest like other government workers. We have troops over seas and we need people here to make sure they keep recieving the supplies they need.
regardless of your affiliation – every american should stand up to this.
Please contact your representaive today and tell them we NEED to pass this bill.
you can find your representative here:
Love you little bro! come home soon!
Post # 3
disappointing bee’s, disappointing…
but i still love yall
Post # 4
It’s official, just came down the chain today. Pay will be 45% this coming paycheck, and the first no one will be getting paid. They have ’til midnight to pass something to keep this from happening. They will back pay for everyone after the situation is handled, but for now that’s what my fiance has been told by his command. Civilian contractors are getting this too. And whoever doesn’t show up for work, regardless of whether they could afford to show or not, will be sent to jail. Fairly certain contractors are exempt from this.
I just wanted to say that all you military wives, fiances, and girlfriends, are strong enough to handle this. I know if it actually happens that everyone will be put in a bad situation, but we are made of some pretty strong stuff. Somehow, we can find a way to feed our families, keep a roof over our heads, and clothe and diaper our children. Don’t let despair shape your actions. My fiance and I just got home from the pawn shop. We now have nothing of worth to sell or pawn, but we have gas money for him to make it to work, and we’re still brainstorming on how to pay for diapers and groceries. You all are in my thoughts, and I know we can all make it through this together.
Post # 5
My fiance and I have already determined that we will keep it together until we put our daughter to bed, then we will proceed to get raging drunk, and pass out in bed. When we get up in the morning we will handle our hangovers, and then continue as though this isn’t the hardest thing we’ve come up against.
Post # 6
Both my sister and her husband are in the military. It really pisses me off that he is getting shipped off to Afhghanistan but the govt. isn’t paying him his full salary. Luckily they have a pretty good nest egg saved up and no kids so they will be fine until the govt. works something out.
To those who don’t have a nest egg. Hopefully things will get resolved quickly b/c I have had to do without before and it’s not easy.
Post # 7
That is terrible. They aren’t paying out death benefits at this point either if the situation isn’t resolved. I truly hope he comes through this alright, regardless if the situation with pay and death benefits is resolved or not.
Post # 8
WOW. I haven’t really been paying attention to the news for the past two weeks, I’ve been focusing on finals.. I had no idea that this was happening. I am so upset right now 🙁 I just read a bunch of stuff about the whole situation and my thoughts are with all of the military families out there.
Post # 9
@totheislnds: your link doesn’t work for contacting the congress.. 🙁
I am so horrified by this. My Fiance is a veteran, and he’s so happy that he doesn’t have to be in this mess. I can’t believe that they would consider not paying soldiers, but haven’t considered cutting their own paychecks!
Sorry that your brother is involved in this…I hope they are able to get their acts together and figure it out!
Post # 10
Amen… My dad served in the military for 25 years and my brother is an analyst for the justice department. I’m so upset by all of this. I have friends in Iraq right now, as well… Everyone will suffer for this idiocy.
Post # 11
this is absolutely depressing…
Post # 12
It’s so sad. My sister’s husband is deployed and she’s already worried enough about his safety. She does NOT need this added stress. Some military spouses can’t even contact their deployed spouse to talk about what to do. If my Darling Husband were deployed on a submarine or a classified mission, it would be impossible for me to contact him. That’s entirely too much stress to put upon people who willingly sacrifice all they have for this country…
If you know a military wife or family, please check in with them and support them however you can. Encourage them to go to their military commander or a military bank for assistance.
Post # 13
Some hopeful news: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/08/6434904-lawmakers-ready-emergency-troop-pay-bill-
“If a government shutdown becomes inevitable, lawmakers appear ready to pass last-minute legislation to prevent the most unpopular possible effect of a funding gap: the delay of paychecks to members of the armed services.”
I’m certainly hoping that they can at least get this done.
Post # 14
My fiance has the news tuned in right now, and the biggest issue they have mentioned while we have been watching is Planned Parenthood funding. I just got done listening to a Republican say that the budget won’t be passed, because the government shouldn’t be funding abortions. Hello? You can’t get help paying for an abortion through Planned Parenthood. You can’t get a ‘hardship’ discount on an abortion, you can’t use any government funding at all for an abortion. I don’t care if that douche is pro life or pro choice, his logic doesn’t add up. The government funding for Planned Parenthood doesn’t pay for abortions. My kid may go without diapers, my buddy in Afghanistan may get shot and his folks paid nothing, my friend may lose her house, and several friends may get thrown in jail and kicked out of the military, all for something this stupid?
I know it’s not the only issue on the table, but that just makes me want to call someone up, suggest they cut THEIR pay, force them to stay in that building without showers, food, or water, or cigarettes, worried about their children and spouses having to move to the streets or starve, and f***ing hash it out.
Better yet, let’s send some soldiers and their spouses in there and have them work out the dang budget. I bet you regardless of their political views, that they would work something out, within a few very short hours.
Post # 15
@kartz_710: That is somewhat heartening, but I’m skeptical since they have already done that. My fiance says they’ve been passing something similar to that effect every month since last July. We’ve been hearing rumors and threats of no pay for quite some time. I think since it’s gone to the media now, and they’ve already officially passed the bad news down the chain that they are going to be forced to resolve the issue, or actually cut military members pay at this point.
I’ve got my fingers crossed though that they can at least pay military members if nothing else. Can you think of the blow to the economy if armed forces were no longer paid?
Post # 16
The only good thing here is that we still get our paycheck for days worked through the 8th— so it won’t be $0, it’ll just be half a paycheck. Hopefully we don’t stay shut down for too long.
They said if they have a budget by the 11th, they’ll get pay as usual (since they all have to go to work on Monday regardless).
@anne626:Why would your friends get kicked out of the military? If they never give us back pay then they can leave the military for breach of contract and the military does not want that. We will get back pay, we just don’t know how long it will take.
AND the Navy and Marine Corps relief society takes good care of service members –but go soon! They don’t have unlimited funds.
And USAA and Navy Fed are offering paycheck loans specifically due to the shutdowns.
The immediate military community can be really caring. Ask around, maybe sharing babysitting, helping with stuff that you’d usually pay for, etc.