As the government shutdown over border wall funding stretches on with no signs of stopping, United States Coast Guard Members are the latest group of federal workers to receive no pay.
According to the Guard's Commandant, Admiral Karl Schultz, it's likely the first time any United States Armed Force has worked without pay during a government shutdown.
Today you will not be receiving your regularly scheduled paycheck. To the best of my knowledge, this marks the firs… https://t.co/F9VxynDu0d— Admiral Karl Schultz (@Admiral Karl Schultz)1547577861.0
Admiral Schultz wrote a letter to concerned Coast Guard members who were feeling the hits from President Donald Trump's refusal to yield in his support for a $5 billion wall that the public doesn't want and that is proven not to work.
Though it doesn't look like Trump has intentions to acquiesce, Admiral Schultz's letter attempted to reassure the members of the guard.
"The strength of our Service has, and always will be, our people. You have proven time and again the ability to rise above adversity. Stay the course, stand the watch, and serve with pride. You are not, and will not, be forgotten."
That Trump is allowing our first lines of domestic defense to work without pay for the first time enraged many, and they made sure they were heard.
@ComdtUSCG @MattMurph24 You guys are Patriots and will still push it to the wall. I just hate there's a CiC that's… https://t.co/FbjX5yib1I— 🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸)1547578785.0
@ComdtUSCG This isn't okay, and it needs to stop. No one's paycheck should be affected when the government can't ag… https://t.co/OB4npKdRRW— Incog Nito (@Incog Nito)1547579092.0
@ComdtUSCG @ALT_DOJ They risk their lives daily to save others and it means nothing to their commander and chief. Pretty damn sad.— GrumpyPhotog (@GrumpyPhotog)1547586806.0
@ComdtUSCG But @realDonaldTrump SAYS he loves the troops.— bk (@bk)1547585810.0
@ComdtUSCG I'm torn here because I get one shot at this. Should I talk about... "Support our troops" "The forgott… https://t.co/1Fe21UaoyZ— Gluten-Free Stuffing🦃🍂🍁 (@Gluten-Free Stuffing🦃🍂🍁)1547581535.0
But there was one reaction stronger than disdain for Trump.
It was gratitude for Admiral Schultz and the other Coast Guard members who continue to work without pay.
@ComdtUSCG @PabloPistachio2 Out of anyone, these are the most important people in our nation and should be given th… https://t.co/NfhxH5Crkr— just my mind (@just my mind)1547578910.0
@ComdtUSCG Tell them all I thank them and to stand fast during this embarrassing time in our American history— J. Hutts. 🇺🇸 (@J. Hutts. 🇺🇸)1547591384.0
@ComdtUSCG @USCGNortheast Thank you for guarding our shores and saving the lives of countless mariners. Our lawmak… https://t.co/AvZfzHxggC— Tom D'Albora (@Tom D'Albora)1547582287.0
@ComdtUSCG Nothing but respect for the men and women of the Coast Guard. These folks are always “at war” with thos… https://t.co/H8Qo7uc8ss— Patrick Barnes (@Patrick Barnes)1547579156.0
While the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) has donated $15 million to the Coast Guard to go towards families in need of assistance during the shutdown, the only permanent solution is to reopen the government.