Washington (CNN) - Perhaps one of the most troubling consequences of a government shutdown would be a temporary freeze in pay for members of the military fighting overseas and stationed stateside. It's a consequence that has Americans boiling mad.
So a group of angry Facebook users are doing something about it - starting the event "Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011."
As of 10 a.m. ET, there were over half a million attending the event (described as "On Facebook, Nationwide") taking place through April 17.
"We the American people need to send a clear message to Washington that not paying our military service members is NOT AN OPTION! It is time for our generation to stand up and let this government know that regardless of our party affiliations there are things that are UNACCEPTABLE to us as Americans," event organizer Hope Guinn Bradley writes on the page. Bradley, of Honolulu, Hawaii, is an ardent military supporter. It's unclear if she is associated with the military.
"AGAIN this should not be about partisanship, but rather doing what is RIGHT as a nation to honor all those who currently serve and all those who have gone before and given their life as the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for the AMERICAN PEOPLE!"
The call to action: Contact members of Congress through the website http://www.contactingthecongress.org/.
Some of those supporting the event are simply livid about a government shutdown's effect on military pay. If that happens, paychecks for military workers could be delayed indefinitely. Troops are guaranteed back-pay, but not knowing when they'll receive a check could put some military families in financial crisis.
Doug Spitzer: "As a former US Marine, I absolutely understand what it is to live paycheck to paycheck (in the service of my country) and depend on my checks to be on time, ensuring that my obligations to my family, government and bill collectors are met."
Kim Trent: "[I] am completely disgusted and how dare them....Our families that serve in our military fight for there damn freedom too and people need to stop taking that shit for granted. Our government needs to pull there heads out of there asses and get real and they need to stop being so self adsorbed and think about what really matters."
Chance Armani Wright: "Im in the Marines and i say YES pay me and all my fellow Military member we fight so they dont have to it would be nice to get paid for it!!!!!!!!!!!"
Katie Munson: "My brother n his wife our 2 ppl of many that r not getting paid! Please everyone support this link! They r paying their life for our FREEDOM!!! GOD BLESS all of u n ur family! We do appreciate everything that military brothers n sisters do!!
Samantha Cambron: "NO PAY NO CONTRACT .... SEND MY SOLDIER HOME!!!! THIS IS BULLS–T!"
It was just yesterday that another popular Facebook event popped up, aiming to dump trash on House Speaker John Boehner's Washington D.C. Lawn. If a shutdown occurs, residents in D.C. Would not have their trash picked up.
–CNN's Rachel Rodriguez contributed to this report