Traverse City Supports Coast Guard Families During Shutdown

"People who serve in the Coast Guard don’t do it for the riches. They do it because they love our country; they want to serve the country they love," Emily Garris said. "And for us to just be cast aside, this is hurtful. We put so much on the line every day."

Freshwater Events is partnering with the Cherryland VFW Post to put on a fundraiser this weekend for Coast Guard families. Donations to those families will help with things like groceries, utilities and living expenses, and even medical bills. 

Free groceries for U.S. Coast Guard members during government shutdown

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Now in its tenth day, the government shutdown continues to have an impact on the men and women who serve in the U.S. Coast Guard.

While funding was found to get the coast guard their paychecks through Monday, their next pay day is up in the air.

Now businesses are teaming up with community members to make sure coast guard members don't go without.

Coast Guard receives December pay

At his urging, the Office of Management and Budget, DHS and the Coast Guard determined that the rules governing pay to Coast Guard forces requires it be made through the end of the year. To make it, the lawyers said that unused funding could be tapped for pay. The service had a bit more than the needed $75 million left over from its past continuing resolution appropriation, enough to make this month’s last payroll check. It is unlikely that there will be no further wages paid until the government is reopened, or Congress is able to produce a workaround.

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