As we sit here, post sequester, many questions remain unanswered. We don’t have all the specifics as to how this across the board cut is going to play out, but one thing is certain…we will all feel the pinch and none more so than our civil servants. 800,000 civil servants are slated for furlough come April.
When we think of the military community or military families, we’re typically thinking about ourselves. The servicemember and her family is an easy image that comes to mind. The uniform speaks for itself. It screams: Patriot! Sacrifice! The mission!
But what about our civil servants? They may not wear the uniform, but don’t doubt that their pride runs any less deep than ours. Our civil servants are true patriots, hidden behind suits and ties, khakis and sensible flats. And despite the fact that their jobs are intimately intertwined with our military community, they often seem invisible and forgotten to our larger military family.
If there is any good that can come from the sequester, perhaps we will be forced to see what life would be like if we didn’t have our civil servants on our team.
Civil Servants Provide Vital Support for the Military Community
Our civil servants provide vital quality of life and support services on our installations worldwide. From medical and dental services, to family and community support services, to ensuring that our troops are equipped, trained, and mission ready, these women and men behind the uniform don’t always get the credit they deserve.
Here’s a message from one of our NextGen MilSpouse Readers, Kristine G.:
“The reason I follow Next Gen is because my husband and I are as close as we can be to military without actually being military. I’m not trying to say we make the same sacrifices by any means, but we are working towards the same goals. We work on one of the few military installations where the civilians out number the camouflage, but we are all working for the warfighter. Our whole town is a military town. I sit in meetings with lieutenants, majors, and colonels. Our neighbors are dual military and we are their emergency plan for the kids when they are deployed on short notice. I answer calls and emails from airmen and sergeants who need their jets repaired.
Sequestration isn’t just hitting our family. It’s going to hit our whole town and it isn’t going to be pretty. Luckily, we have been blessed and have taken some small steps to prepare for financial set backs, but I know this is going to devastate a lot of people. I know several single mothers struggling already to make ends meet. How they will handle a 20% reduction in pay, I’m not sure. And even though this doesn’t impact military pay, it greatly impacts our mission readiness. I sure wouldn’t want my husband/wife/mom/dad/son/daughter on the front lines knowing that funding for maintenance on jets that were providing aerial cover was just cut! This is bad not just for our family and town, but national security!
Please pray that our national leaders will put an end to this and really solve our budget issues.”
So join us, NextGen, in reaching out with your prayers, your thoughts, and your hearts. Let our civil servants know that they are not forgotten.