While our military veterans nervously watch the finger-pointing in Washington, many active members of the military are already feeling the crunch.
However, there are resources available to help them.
The Helpline Center hosted a Military and Family Support Forum Wednesday evening. The center wants military families to know they are not alone and there are financial assistance options out there for them.
The family-friendly forum offered a safe place for military family members to as the tough questions and meet other families that may be going through at the same experience.
The Volunteer Services Director at the Helpline Center said there are hundreds of ways to find support. The forum was an opportunity to find out what resources there are out there for assistance with rent, clothing and food.
"It can be really hard to ask for help. That can be a huge barrier for anyone especially those in the military who pride themselves in resilience being able to care for themselves and their family especially with the federal shutdown right now. This may be the first time they've ever struggled with that," said Sara Carothers, Volunteer Services Director.
If you were unable to make the forum Wednesday night you can dial 2-11 24 hours a day, seven days week. All calls are free and confidential