- Posted October 2, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
U.S. Military Members Don't Receive Full Pay During Shutdown?
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
With the government shutdown in full swing, many Americans are feeling the effects. Tourists can no longer visit many of the country’s national parks. Federal workers are being furloughed. Fortunately, our military members and their families are being cared for courtesy of a bill passed and signed late Monday night before the government shutdown went into effect. At least, that’s what we’ve been told.
The Pay Our Military Act was unanimously passed by Congress late Monday night in an effort to protect pay and allowances for members of the Armed Forces, ensuring military members will receive pay checks; however, that funding only covers basic pay, such as base pay and subsistence and housing allowance.
Contrary to a memo released Tuesday by Vice Adm. Bill Moran, U.S. Navy sailors are not receiving special duty incentive pays, which include hazardous duty or sea duty incentive pay – pays that many military families depend upon and factor in as part of their monthly household budgets.
This morning, when sailors called Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS), they were informed they would not receive any special duty pays or bonuses until the government shutdown has ended. The effect isn’t limited only to members of the U.S. Navy. More than 2.3 million U.S. servicemen and women and their families are being affected by this shutdown.
Ultimately, as Congress continues to take its time arguing partisan politics, our military families – who have already sacrificed so much – are being asked to sacrifice even more, not for reasons of war or natural disasters, but solely for political infighting. It’s a disheartening realization and a slap in the face to the members of America’s Armed Forces.