FROM THE COMMANDER
By 12TH MARINE CORPS DISTRICT
| 12th Marine Corps District | October 03, 2013
October 3, 2013 --
Dear Marines, Sailors, Civilian Marines and Families of the 12th MCD,
On September 30, annual funding for the U.S. government expired. To date, Congress has not appropriated funds for Fiscal Year 2014 nor passed a Continuing Resolution to continue funding government operations until appropriations are made. Along with other federal entities, October 1 the Marine Corps was forced to furlough civilian employees and curtail operations in the absence of necessary funding.
A large number of our 12th Marine Corps District Civilian Marines were furloughed. I would like to make it abundantly clear that the furlough decisions are dictated solely by the law, and are in no way a reflection of the importance of your work. This District is a team that relies on the dedicated service of each member in order to successfully carry out our mission.
As we are all keenly aware, the extent of the impacts of the government shutdown have affected the Marines, Sailors, Civilian Marines and families of 12th Marine Corps District in some way whether it be financially, or a disruption in services and programs we rely on. I encourage everyone to visit the following website that provides guidance as to what to expect regarding the operating status of these services and programs while the government is shutdown: http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2013/10/continuing-family-support-during-a-government-shutdown-2/
In the event of individual or family difficulty during the government shutdown, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (www.nmcrs.org) is available to provide assistance to Marines, Sailors, military spouses and retirees with interest-free loans and grants to meet emerging needs.
For our Civilian Marines, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services will be available during the furlough period and can be helpful in providing confidential counseling and coaching with experienced, licensed counselors - including legal and financial stress consultation. Employee Assistance Program representatives may be contacted at (800)222-0364.
Through these uncertain and challenging times I continue to be impressed by your resilience and dedication to our mission. Take care of one another and continue to remain Semper Fidelis.
E. C. Hastings
12th Marine Corps District