‘It’s really stressful,’ Coast Guard wife talks about government shutdown, bills to pay

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WEST ALLIS (WISN) — A West Allis Coast Guard family is worried about how it will pay the next round of bills during the government shutdown.

Silvina Trahan said she and her family moved to West Allis six months ago, after bouncing around the country five times in the last five years. Her husband is an electrician for the U.S. Coast Guard and continues to work, even though he may not get his next paycheck Tuesday.

“It’s really, really stressful,” Trahan said. “I have student loans that I can’t pay on right now. It’s kind of like a black cloud over you.”

Trahan gets extra money working as a nanny for another Coast Guard family, but if the government shutdown continues, they’ll be out of money to pay her, too.

“I’ve been trying to stretch as much of what we have in the pantry and our fridge,” Trahan said. “I feel like right now we’re OK, but if this keeps going, I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Trahan said she just wants the shutdown to end.

“To be told that you’re not going to get a paycheck and you’re not going to be able to support your family is very stressful,” Trahan said. “I don’t think anyone cares what the decision is. A decision should be made so that families aren’t having to struggle.”

Trahan said she’s heard T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and We Energies are helping people out and being patient with those who cannot pay bills during the shutdown.



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