As I understand it, there will be retro active pay after the end of the budget crisis, or so says Gates. However, if that isn't the case, and the above reads true, my husband and most all my friends will be working for free, and while it is admirable that they will do so in a professional manner and will sacrifice yet again to keep this country safe, the bottom line is that we have bills to pay and mouths to feed. Congress and the President will still be receiving their paychecks, and yet the men and women protecting and defending this nation are left in the lurch.
This shut down has also affect the Commissaries (the grocery stores) and the BX's (our little walmarts) on bases, including those overseas. As in the Commissaries and BX's are being closed as of tomorrow, and will stay closed until a budget is passed. Those here in Europe stayed open quite late tonight in an attempt to allow people to stock up before the shut down goes into effect.
Now, I do understand that there are more people affected here then just the military. The main issue is one that I believe most readers here understand: the federal clerk down the street will suffer as much as I will while this budget crisis is ongoing, yet it will be the only time she suffers for her nation. My family chose to put our lives, our safety, our security and our comfort on the line in defense of our nation. We send our husbands, wives, fathers and mothers to fight for the freedom of out country, and for the rights of the world. That those in Congress and the President would so shamefully disregard that price that we pay with yet another hardship is shocking.
Hopefully this issue is short-lived and my rant can be trashed in the garbage heap 0f history. Once certainly can hope.