How does this government shutdown impact military members, retirees, civil service, veterans and their families?
My phone has been blowing up with questions on this shutdown. I don’t have all the answers, but I figured I could quickly put something together to share. Keep in mind that specific guidance for the 2018 shutdown has not been released, but this is what I know from personal experience.
Military pay affected?
Active-duty personnel, as well as Guard and Reserve members, would not get paid during a shutdown unless Congress passes a separate piece of legislation to do so. With that being said, since the shutdown began last night, January 19th and stretches into the next several weeks, military pay will be delayed as of February 1st.
Retiree pay and Survivors pay affected?
Military retirees would still receive their regular pension checks in the event of a shutdown, as would those receiving a Survivor’s Benefit Plan (SBP) payment. That’s because those funds are paid from a different account that is not impacted by the annual funding bill Congress has yet to pass.
VA Disability pay & GI Bill Benefits affected?
Like retiree pay, VA disability pay and GI Bill payments are both funded through different legislation than is at risk on the Hill. For that reason, those checks are unlikely to be affected by a brief shutdown. However, BE ADVISED during the last shutdown in 2013, VA officials warned that if the closure extended beyond several weeks, disability checks were unlikely to go out to more than 5.1 million veterans.
Just a few things I wanted to share. I have been through this before, and it breaks my heart we have to continue to deal with this. Keep your heads high everyone! Thank you to all of you…military, veterans, civilian and especially our families!! Prayers to you all.
Thanks for reading and sharing!
Please refer to your local agency for further information. You can also refer to the following sites for information.