Congress shutdown could mean temporary pay stoppage for local military

If military pay is interrupted, the San Diego Armed Services YMCA is ready to assist local service people and their families, as it does routinely.KUSI's Ed Lenderman was at the Armed Services YMCA and reports on the latest details.

We are known as the nation's largest military complex. Home to more than 100-thousand active duty people alone. And every month, some 10 percent, mostly junior enlisted personnel and their families, depend on the San Diego Armed Services YMCA for some form of help.

“We run about 40 programs a month and then we have special events just to keep those families united and help them,” said retired Navy captain Paul Steffens, the Y's executive director.

“We just would recommend that all military families who have a hard time during this time, contact us, we'll see what we can do, either in kind or emergency funds, we're talking about food money for gasoline, that sort of thing, we do gas cards, we have a monthly food distribution in partnership with the food bank right out here in our compound,” said Steffens.

Coincidently, all of the social service agencies that support the military are meeting on Monday, April 18th. It's one of their periodic meetings designed to better coordinate their efforts. Certainly the budget issue as it relates to the military will be a topic of conversation. The fact that it is an issue, says Steffens, is mind-boggling.

“If you put yourself in the shoes of the military family, they have to put up with separation, and everything else, now they have to think, I'm not going to get paid, we obviously do a lot for them, but we can't match their paychecks and I think its ludicrous that you are going to send someone into combat and not pay them,” said Seffens.

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