Military Special Needs Network

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Banding Together

1157449_10202130154757315_1528263208_nLike many, I spent Monday night watching the count down until Government shutdown dwindle to zero. As the clock struck midnight on the East coast and no budget was reached, I turned to Facebook expecting to see a lot of anger, especially from my military and Department of Defense friends. There was some anger, but it was overshadowed by the outpouring of support.

Within minutes of the announcement of the government shutdown, friends were posting that their homes were open if anyone falls on hard times and needs a warm meal. Others were offering to help shuttle kids to events so parents that were furloughed didn’t have to pay for gas. Childcare, lodging, basic necessities were all offered.

I watched military families offer their sympathies to DoD employees and civilian contractors while thanking them for the work they do to make military efforts successful and DoD employees sent heartfelt messages to military families about a law being passed that prevented military pay to be cut due to financial disagreements. There was no finger pointing. No placing the blame.

Although we cannot control what our Congress does or doesn’t do, we will work together to build resiliency between our families. It’s time to get back to the basics of humanity and caring for one another during troubled times. Just as my friends have done, please consider helping your neighbors, friends, and other families.

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