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For unpaid Coast Guard families, some financial options emerge
shaunl/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, for the first time in U.S. history, active duty military members did not get paid.That distinction falls to the 41,000 active duty Coast Guard who are currently working without pay while the federal government remains partially shut down, and President Donald Trump squares off against Democrats demanding funding for a border wall. The Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security, and not the Department of Defense, which is not impacted by the shutdown.Coast Guard members usually get paid on or around the first and the 15th of every month. The government...
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TSA chief: Financial hardships from shutdown prompting absences at major airports
martince2/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged to his staff on Wednesday that frontline officers are increasingly calling out of work due to financial hardship caused by the government shutdown, spokesperson Michael Bilello told ABC News.The agency, tasked with securing the nation's aviation system, reported an unscheduled absence rate of 6.1 percent of the workforce for Tuesday, up from 3.7 percent on the same day last year. Call-outs peaked on Sunday at 7.7 percent compared to 3.2 percent the same day last year.This week marks the first in which federally employed airport screeners are missing their...
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Chef Jose Andres opens restaurant to serve federal workers for free
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The call to action for chef and activist Jose Andres' food relief organization to set up shop in the nation's capital is unlike the usual circumstances under which the group operates, dropping into towns ravaged by hurricanes or burnt to the ground by wildfires.In those cases, modern technology is often stripped away and volunteers with Andres' organization, World Central Kitchen, have to make their pop-up kitchens and food supply stations work for disaster victims in spite of spotty cell phone service or a lack of electricity.But in Washington, Tim Kilcoyne, a lead chef with the...
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