Shutdown shuts down volunteer work by servicemembers

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by Eric Kane, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 6:42 AM

NORFOLK-Military men and women can't take part in community outreach programs because of the government shutdown.

The Pentagon announced the move Monday, saying no to volunteer work by servicemembers until an appropriations bill is passed, according to a Navy spokesman.

The action affects many non-profit groups in Hampton Roads.

"Our contact person said that a Department of Defense policy stated that during the furlough they will not be allowed to volunteer," said Karen Joyner, Executive Officer of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

Joyner says her organization will be heavily impacted by the Pentagon’s order.

"We love our military volunteers,” said Joyner. “We rely on them heavily and they do a great job for us. I think they enjoy coming here."

In recent weeks, sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln have donated their time to help Habitat for Humanity and clean parks.

Joyner hopes lawmakers in Washington will come to an agreement soon.

"They're [service members] just there to do it, and they'll get it done. And they will do it with a smile and they'll say ‘yes sir, yes ma'am’ and whatever you want they'll do it.”

 

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