Coast Guard Families Feeling Pinch of Government Shutdown Turn to Food Bank, Community Support
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About 2,400 federal workers in the Granite State are directly impacted by the partial government shutdown that’s dragged on for the better part of a month. That’s impacting the U.S. Coast Guard, which, unlike other branches of the military, is currently going without pay.
New Hampshire has 173 active duty and reserve Coast Guard members and there are 725 in Maine. Dana Cuevas’ husband Matthew serves on a cutter out of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He’s out a paycheck since January 15th. With three kids to feed, Cuevas says her family has turned to a local food bank so they can focus on the bills that are piling up.