- Posted October 16, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
Mom, Med student, military= moneyless
I, as a future Army Family practice doc, am non-essential. Unlike most med students (thankfully), I rely on a monthly stipend, without which my family cannot survive. I did just mention that we are still living below the poverty line. I signed a contract, pledging my service, my best, to this country, and they have basically told me that service is non-essential, and that should I, god forbid, be unable to pay rent, feed my family, etc. it's no big deal. Compounded with the stresses of medical school, ask any doctor about that stress and you will get an all-knowing look of "thank god that's over", I now have to worry about whether my family is fed with a roof over their head.
I have one message to Congress, the President, the Senate.
I AM ESSENTIAL. We ALL are essential. Sadly, the only non-essentials here who aren't still working for no pay (as I am) are YOU. I do my job day in day out under inordinate amounts of stress, I hope that you can find a way to do yours.
Mom, Military, Med student