Shutdown adds financial stress for Coast Guard families

While Coast Guard officials announced on Friday that active duty members will get paid on Monday as usual, that will be the last check they get until the government reopens.

Posted: Dec 30, 2018 2:48 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The partial federal government shutdown isn't stopping the U.S. Coast Guard from doing their job, but it is adding stress to their families.

"I think this is one of the most uneasy and stressful situations I've personally been in the ten years we've been in the Coast Guard," said Kristine Bantz, the wife of an operation specialist with the Coast Guard in North Bend.

While Coast Guard officials announced on Friday that active duty members will get paid on Monday as usual, that will be the last check they get until the government reopens.

While it's expected that all federal employees will eventually get back pay, Bantz doesn't know when that will happen and it won't stop bills from coming in.

"There is some of us that do have a little cushion, a savings account that might be off to the side," Bantz said. "But we're having to decide do we pay our bills, or do we try and extend the due date for this bill so we that can we can add food to our table now. "

Bantz and her family live in Coast Guard housing so they have fewer expenses to worry about, but with no end in sight for the government shut down, she's looking at getting assistance to help put food on the table.

"I've already contacted where people get food stamps to see if they can figure out a way to help us," Bantz said

Bantz said she's been doing some work of her own, but said it's not easy for spouses of Coast Guardsman to get a steady job since they have to move around a lot.

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