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    Posted October 14, 2013 by
    Robins AFB, Georgia
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    Shutdown over: What next?

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    Military Suicide Spike/ Government Shutdown Effects

    In short, it is possible that the 1 November 2013 military paycheck will be delayed. For exactly the same reasons, it is possible that the 1 November 2013 payments to military retirees, disabled veterans, federal retirees, Survivor Benefit Plan recipients, and other federal payments will be delayed.

    This is how it affects me and my family on a personal level.

    I have been furloughed since 1 Oct and not reinstated yet like some at Robins AFB/my Air Force retirement check could be delayed if the Debt Ceiling is not settled by Oct 17 and my VA disability payment will not be made on 1 November according to the latest update on the VA website. This all coinciding at the same time making my family's immediate needs become an issue of SURVIVAL literally days and weeks away. I have gone from a working/retired military/disabled veteran to nothing more than a no income indigent who is unemployed, and not compensated for my 21 yrs of service to my country and disabilities connected to that Honorable service.

    Luckily we are a dual income household but my lost wages and compensations are about 75% of our total income. Politicians on both sides point and blame each other for this debacle while it drags on and will force Active Duty/Retirees/Disabled Veterans to skip mortgage payments, rent, car payments, utilities and eventually wonder where the food for their families will come from if this impasse continues. This is REALITY. Missed payments add up to BAD CREDIT ratings in the future and cost you thousands in higher interest rates down the line.

    The potential fallout for Active Military and Veterans.

    The really dark side to this situation is going to be the impact of almost assuredly suicide rate spike connected to the stresses caused by this situation that has spiraled completely out of control. In 2012 one statistic that veterans’ groups offered at the time: for every veteran killed by enemy combatants, 25 veterans kill themselves. This is literally a life and death situation for our troops and vets and their families. I attempted suicide while on Active Duty and after I retired from the USAF as a result of a mental condition and deep depression caused by the loss of my son. I am currently being treated by a private mental health provider and am doing well. So I know full well that this type of enormous financial meltdown for an already stressed military member or vet could very well be a trigger for a catastrophic decision to commit suicide. Please try to raise awareness of this issue to our Military and Political leaders to address this potentially disastrous scenario from happening.
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