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    Posted April 8, 2011 by
    Robins AFB, Georgia
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    Government Shutdown


    I would like to know what is going through the politicians heads. How does it make any sense to not pay the military? I have been in the Air Force for only 8 short months, recently got married, and just got moved to Robins AFB. My wife and I rent a house, both have car payments, and hundreds of dollars in other bills. Most military live paycheck to paycheck, so if you were to take away even one paycheck, it could not only ruin our credit, but our lives as well. What if the owner of my house doesn't care, or the bank that owns my car. You just expect my wife and I to go live with friends or family? What if my car is repossessed? How do you expect me to come to work?


    Especially as an Airman it is nearly impossible to put any money away into a savings account. Fifty dollars here and there sure, but not enough to live off for weeks. I joined the military because of the stability of knowing that I will have the same paycheck every 2 weeks without punching a clock. And thats how its been for decades. And now you want to take that away from me. If this was to happen, I guarantee you will see many more troops not re-enlisting, civilians no longer wanting to join, and other troops not caring about the quality of work since we aren't going to see a paycheck.


    My wife works a part time job for minimum wage, she can't support us off of her income. You have to think long-term, if you were to have a government shutdown and delay pay to us in the military, the towns that surround our military bases would be affected just as bad. Many small businesses that rely on military and their families to provide business, military and their families will no longer have the money to. In 1995, this same issue started to arise. The civilian contractors did not come to work for 2 or 3 days and didnt get paid for it, military still came to work to protect the base and still got paid. Is this not an option?

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