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Coast Guard members hurting financially from shutdown

Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 21:33:11-05

KEARNY MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Many military members are concerned how to make ends meet after not receiving their paycheck today due to the government shutdown.

One Coast Guard retiree is trying to help younger members with assistance by getting the community to come together and support them.

Holly Shaffner retired from the Coast Guard after 24 years, but is stunned that politics could keep her paycheck from her which wouldn’t come next month if the shutdown continues.

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She’s anxious about the younger members in the Coast Guard who will struggle without money because they have groceries to buy and children to feed.

“They are saving lives every day. Day in and day out. This is the best we can do for them? Not give them a paycheck!” exclaimed Shaffner.

The community has come together today in significant ways to help those affected by the shutdown from food drives to short term assistance loans. Even the state of California is stepping in to help with unemployment.

Shaffner says we need to do more and we need to do it quickly.

As for her, she isn’t looking forward to not getting a paycheck next month and is unsure how long the shutdown will last. She’s prepared for several months, but says she hopes that doesn’t happen.