Warwick Coast Guard family frustrated with government shutdown


WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — With the partial government shutdown on its 20th day, a Warwick family, among many others across the nation, is anxious about when they will receive their next paycheck.

Jaime is the proud wife of a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. Her husband has been serving 13 years and the job has moved them several times across the country.

He is one of 41,000 people in the Coast Guard who are currently working without pay as the government shutdown continues.

“We’re losing an entire income that we’re accustomed to having,” Jaime said. “It’s difficult and it’s frustrating.”

Jaime said just because there’s a government shutdown doesn’t mean life shuts down as well. Jaime is a teacher and the couple’s 3-year-old has child care during the day. While the option is expensive, it’s their only option since the couple has no family members nearby to help out.

“We both have to go to work, so he still has to go to day care,” Jaime said. “With family so far away, there isn’t any body here to help out.”

Jaime said it’s been stressful and the only thing they can do is plan ahead and save money.

“There may come a point, where if this continues, someone will have to maybe go out and find a second job, we might need to look around and see if we can sell and part with to kind of help ease some of the stress of this,” Jaime said.

Jaime said while her family is going through hardships, she feels bad for the couples she knows where both are members of the Coast Guard, meaning both are currently working without pay. She said she also knows families where the only member of the family that brings home a paycheck is the member of the Coast Guard.

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