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Still No News on Military Pay

UPDATE: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has offered legislation known as the 'Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act' which would effectively guarantee military pay will continue, in the in the event of a government shutdown on April 8.

In addition, I spoke to a con­gres­sional staff mem­ber who con­firmed that mil­i­tary retirees and vet­er­ans receiv­ing monthly GI Bill or comp and pen pay­ments are already pro­tected from the affects of a gov­ern­ment clo­sure.

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It is not normally my practice to continue to report there is "no news" on a given subject. But the questions keep coming - about as quickly as the mis-information - on the subject of the government shutdown and military (both retirement and active duty) pay.

I mentioned last week that my contacts at DFAS were not able to offer any guidance on what may happen on April 8 if Congress is unable to settle their differences and come up with a budget. This was further confirmed by a March 28 Military Times report in which one of my DFAS sources was quoted as saying, “We will wait for guidance before telling anyone anything.”

The same article reports what some have commented here, that DFAS has told them that military pay would be untouched during a shutdown. Although historically true, this is in direct contradiction with the so-called 13-page DoD document and is unsubstantiated by "official" DFAS sources.

So for now, the answer is to wait and see, "prepare for the worst and hope for the best."

I'll keep you posted. But in the mean time, take a moment to let Congress and our government officials know how you feel about the budget impasse.

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