Thank you to all of our supporters who have reached out to offer their assistance to families impacted by the government shutdown. We have remained in contact with U.S. Coast Guard senior leadership regarding the needs of the service during this challenging time.
As the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant wrote yesterday in a statement, this is the first time in our Nation's history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in appropriations.
Today, we are sending an initial $250,000 in family support to assist those in need during this time. Help us support as many Coast Guard families as possible — give today so we can rush additional funding to units across the country.
While these funds will not cover the $150 million it takes to fund the service's payroll, we can send our help to those who continue to put their lives on the line every day and serve our nation with pride.
Susan P. Ludwig