Continuing Family Support During a Government Shutdown

Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy). DoD official photo.

By: Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy)

Military Community and Family Policy provides quality of life programs to service members and their families worldwide.  Our programs and services range from commissaries, exchanges and MWR to child and youth centers, family programs and centers, and family advocacy.

A shutdown would furlough much of our global workforce and affect programs, some more than others.  We have identified those family support missions and functions that will continue during a shutdown.

Here is a list of some of our programs and how they would operate:

Information about other important services:

  • On-Installation Banks and Credit Unions will remain open for business to provide normal services.  They can also provide free financial education and counseling.
  • Service members who encounter financial difficulties caused by the shutdown are eligible for support through the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and financial aid from service organizations.

We at MC&FP serve more than 2.2 million uniformed service members, 1.1 million civilian spouses and 1.8 million military children.  Your care and support is a top national security priority, and it’s our mission.

What advice do you have for other military families in the event of a government shutdown?  Join our discussion to share your advice and questions.  Thank you.