Shutdown: How Troops Are Affected

Posted October 3, 2013 at 11:24pm

Reuters reports that “when President Barack Obama signed the ‘Pay Our Military Act’ on Monday, the goal was to ensure that U.S. troops get their salaries on time during the federal government shutdown along with essential payments like housing allowances.”

“But what about enlistment bonuses, which some sailors say are being delayed? And Pentagon lawyers are also still trying to determine whether they can immediately pay benefits like death gratuities to families of any troops who might die on active duty during the shutdown.”

“America’s veterans also are being cautioned that although health services at the Department of Veterans Affairs are functioning normally, a prolonged shutdown could have wide implications for former service members.”