posted on Oct, 4 2013 @ 11:14 AM
I've only read the first and last page of comments, so this may have been mentioned, but I did want to clarify something.
Many of you are saying it's not as bad as it seems, especially since everybody will get paid back whatever money they miss out on now. That is not
I'm in the reserves, and my drill periods are obviously canceled. They are not deferred, they're canceled. (unless this is all resolved by tuesday,
10/8). We will receive authorized absences for the drill period, and will NOT be getting paid for it. Not now, not in the future - no
refund, rain check, or other. Simply NO payment.
Also my veterans benefits are shut down, but from what I understand they will be paid back.
Why does this matter? Well, it doesn't matter to you, but it matters to the reservists. At minimum, reserve pay is $188/month. I make about $230 a
month. I also have a weekend job and taking 18 credits in college. I've complained on ATS about money being tight before. And since then it still
hasn't changed practically at all.
The point is, some people rely on these small paychecks. $230 covers my cell phone and car insurance and electric and gas (i don't pay water or
sewage, and don't own a tv) and some food. Others budget theirs in the similar ways, and have more than one mouth to feed at home.
These small paychecks will be missed by the 900,000 members of the reserves.