Coast Guard members and their families will miss next paycheck

Kaylah Jackson
January 11, 2019 - 4:08 pm

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Weydert/Released)

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The entirety of the Coast Guard’s workforce just learned they will not be receiving their next paycheck, expected to come on January 15, thanks to the government shutdown.

In a letter to the 41,000 active-duty members of the Coast Guard, Admiral Charles W. Ray, the Vice Commandant of the USCG, noted that “Unfortunately, without an appropriation, a continuing resolution, or another legislative measure, the Coast Guard will not be able to meet the next payroll.”

The partial government shutdown has affected thousands of federal workers including the men and women of the Coast Guard. The force was at risk of missing their paychecks in December when the shutdown first began but an emergency decision from higher leadership allowed them to receive their pay.

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Community food banks and businesses have come together to support many Coast Guard families offering food and free haircuts. Up until Wednesday, other branch mutual aid societies like the Army Emergency Relief fun and the American Red Cross were able to offer a financial reprieve, but are now prohibited from providing assistance.

The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) board is now able to increase interest-free loans for the junior workforce for up to a maximum of $1,000 if they have dependents and $750 for those without dependents.

Related: How to help Coast Guard families during government shutdown

CGMA, which has been able to support Coast Guard members through the shutdown has also asked local communities to pitch in and help, whether donating directly to the association or to families individually. The organization's current focus is assisting those E-5 and below, GS-6 and below, and wage grade equivalents.

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