Tensions are rising like the tides in Astoria as the government shutdown enters day 34. Coast Guard families are really feeling the pinch.
Coast Guard wife, Stacey Benson, who has organized a food pantry in the city, says retirees will not be getting paychecks tomorrow. Active duty will be denied a second paycheck next week if this doesn’t get sorted out. Last week, over 1300 people were served by the food pantry. They plan to open it back up this weekend too, thanks to all the donations that keep pouring in. Benson says they are doing what they can but it’s time for the government to open back up. Now. Hear our entire interview with Stacey Benson below: