- Posted October 1, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Military Spouse Concerned For Civil Servants
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
With the government in shutdown, my biggest concerns lay with the our civil servants. My spouse is an active duty member and his pay is safe, thanks to the bill approved by Congress. Unfortunately, civil servants, like my father and other family friends and some of my extended family members, will be furloughed as of today.
I feel that civil servants are an often overlooked community even though they play a vital role in the military's global mission and provide much needed support services to military servicemembers and their families. I can only assume that those services will be significantly slowed or limited and that the burden of day-to-day operations will fall squarely on the shoulders of their active duty teammates resulting in extended work hours for our already overworked troops.
In addition to our overlooked civilian community, I'm starting to see reports from friends in the National Guard and Reserve that drill days are being cancelled. Cancelled drill means less pay for our Guardsmen, Reservists, and their families.