Admiral Karl L. Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard, addresses the crowd Oct. 18, 2018, during a Coast Guard Community Designation Ceremony for Chatham, County in Savannah, Georgia. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson)

Admiral Schultz to USCG: First Time Service Members Not Paid During a Lapse

In an email to the USCG troops, Commandant Schultz outlined efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to get payback on track and offers resources through the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance and the American Red Cross from a $15 million donation from USAA.
“To the Men and Women of the United States Coast Guard, 
Today you will not be receiving your regularly scheduled mid-month paycheck. To the best of my knowledge, this marks the first time in our Nation’s history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in government appropriations. Your senior leadership, including Secretary Nielsen, remains fully engaged and we will maintain a steady flow of communications to keep you updated on developments. I recognize the anxiety and uncertainty this situation places on you and your family, and we are working closely with service organizations on your behalf. To this end, I am encouraged to share that Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) has received a $15 million donation from USAA to support our people in need. In partnership with CGMA, the American Red Cross will assist in the distribution of these funds to our military and civilian workforce requiring assistance. I am grateful for the outpouring of support across the country, particularly in local communities, for our men and women. It is a direct reflection of the American public’s sentiment towards their United States Coast Guard; they recognize the sacrifice that you and your family make in service to your country. It is also not lost on me that our dedicated civilians are already adjusting to a missed paycheck—we are confronting this challenge together. The strength of our Service has, and always will be, our people. You have proven time and again the ability to rise above adversity. Stay the course, stand the watch, and serve with pride. You are not, and will not, be forgotten.
Semper Paratus,
Admiral Karl L. Schultz Commandant”
To support the USCG you can donate to the CGMA here: http://www.cgmahq.org/shutDown/donors.html

 

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