Vets helps Coast Guard members impacted by shutdown

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BRODHEADSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Monday is Day 31 of the partial government shutdown.

As roughly 800,000 federal workers continue to work without pay, members of the U.S. Coast Guard are about to get some help from an American Legion Post in Monroe County.

George Murray served 20 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring.

Murray found himself on a new mission Monday inside the ShopRite in Brodheadsville.

“I feel like it’s more of a sense of duty actually than anything else. We’re trying to help them out,” George Murray with American Legion Post 903 said.

Murray, who is a member of American Legion Post 903 in Mount Pocono, filled cart after cart full of food.

All of the items will be brought down to members of the U.S. Coast Guard in Philadelphia who have been working without pay since the partial government shutdown began.

The Coast Guard is the lone military branch without funding since it falls under the Department of Homeland Security.

“As a retiree, I find it rather ironic that I’m getting paid and yet active duty Coast Guard guys and women are not which is just kind of a travesty at this point,” Murray said.

Murray got help from his wife as he navigated all the aisles.

They both feel for the young families who are struggling and place blame on the politicians in Washington, D.C.

“I feel they’re so far removed from reality they don’t understand what it’s like to do without or struggle in life!” Ellen Murray said.

Monday’s trip was actually the second shopping trip in just the last few days. On Saturday, they spent roughly $1,000 on canned goods and macaroni and cheese.

The total bill for the food on Monday was about $250.

Everything will be brought down to Philadelphia on Tuesday and more shopping trips could be made if they’re needed.

“We will play it as needed. I’ll ask the master chief when he needs a re-supply so we could be down there by the end of the week again,” George Murray said.

American Legion Post 903 is relying on community donations to help pay for all the food.

If you’d like to help out, visit www.AmericanLegionPost903.com

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