- Posted October 1, 2013 by
Trenton, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
America's Invisible Service Members
Monday's government shutdown affects us all very personally. Although we don't work in government agencies, our living stipends are funded through the Treasury. When the government ceases to function, so too do are paychecks stop coming in the mail. And this is more than an inconvenience. We depend on our paltry allowances to survive. As our payments dry up, we're not concerned about cutting back on our entertainment budgets or delaying our vacations, we have to start considering tough questions: How do we pay rent if this shutdown lasts for more than two weeks? How can we afford groceries if it lasts a month? Scrimping may not be enough.
Members of Congress will continue to accrue pay indefinitely. That is their Constitutional right. But it's important that they know that many of us who believe in America just as strongly as they do may soon lose faith. Still I will continue to work through this shutdown, although I won't be paid. So will all my fellow VISTAs. This country needs us.
Most of us are young. Many are fresh out of college. But still, despite our age, our lack of experience, and -- in the words of your generation -- our sense of entitlement, I'm left wondering...what if we ran the country? I can guarantee one thing: We would never let pride be our folly.