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The latest for the Coast Guard caught in the shutdown

January 16, 2019 - 4:53 pm

Day 27: Here's the latest for Coast Guard servicemembers caught in the government shutdown:

  • Coast Guard servicemembers didn't get paid on Jan. 15 yet continue to work without pay.
  • Legislation in Congress ammending the shutdown in order to pay Coasties has stalled, despite Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson's tweet:

The donated funds will be given out as interest-free loans to Coast Guard personnel via the American Red Cross Hero Care Center, according to USAA. Coast Guard service members with dependents are eligible for loans of up to $1,000 while those with no dependents can receive $750. The assistance is meant to cover an estimated two weeks of financial losses due to the government shutdown.

The donation was announced by Coast Guard Commander Adm. Karl L. Schultz Tuesday on Twitter.  “It is a direct reflection of the American public’s sentiment towards their United States Coast Guard; they recognize the sacrifice you and your family make in service to your country,” Schultz wrote. “It is also not lost on me that our dedicated civilians are already adjusting to a missed paycheck. We are confronting this challenge together.”

  • Today, Adm. Schultz promised Coasties would continue to keep America safe: