Current situation, 1/17: The Coast Guard did not receive pay on 1/15, and will not be paid until either a) the shutdown ends or b) a bill is passed to pay Congress. Coast Guard Retirees may not be paid on time at the end of January.
With a partial government shutdown effective midnight last night, military families are wondering: will this affect us? The short answer is “probably not at all.” That is, unless your military family is Coast Guard. BLUF: The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force will be paid as usual. Department of Defense retirees will be paid as usual. VA disability pay will be paid as usual.
This shutdown only affects the nine government agencies who haven’t already had money appropriated for their use:
- Department of the Treasury
- Department of Agriculture
- Homeland Security Department
- Department of the Interior
- Department of State
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Justice
Notice what’s not on that list? The Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs. However, the Coast Guard isn’t funded by the Department of Defense, but rather by the Homeland Security Department. So that’s a little problem.
Coast Guard Impacted (Updated Info)
Coast Guard families, please check out this list of resources to help during this situation: 21 Financial Assistance Resources For Coast Guard Families During The Shutdown. Also see this list of credit union programs to help.
The Coast Guard will be directly impacted by this shutdown. Coast Guardsmen will still report to work, just like usual, but there isn’t money to pay them. The Coast Guard was not paid on 15 January and will not be paid on 1 February unless either a) a bill is passed to pay the Coast Guard or b) the shutdown ends.
And for Coast Guard retirees? They received their payment at the end of December, but the 1 January payment may be delayed.
Everyone Else, Including Department of Defense Retirees, Should Be Good
There is no threat to military or retirement pay that is paid by the Department of Defense, benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), commissaries, child care, gyms, medical, or any other service.
While Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force personnel won’t be directly impacted by this shutdown, there will be some second-order effects. Some civilian support employees may be furloughed, which may make it difficult or impossible to do certain things.
This shutdown, while still impacting some military families, won’t have the broad stroke impact of previous shutdowns because of the limited number of agencies affected.
As always, military families should be prepared for a government shutdown that impacts all military pay. 12 Ways To Prepare For The Next Government Shutdown.
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