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
People have to remember this is a volunteer military service. When you sign that contract you belong to the US goverment. It amazes me how little history people study. The US has always treated the military and veterans as cannon fodder. The old military saying was don't volunteer for anything. Think about it.
I agree with S. Cambron – if they are not getting paid, then soldiers should not have to risk their lives just for fun of it. Finally it's time to send everyone home to their families and friends.
If the government is willing to mess up everyone's lives and put the US in more debt, then the least they can do is that.
We need to modify the Constitution so that Congress members dont' recieve their $175,000 per year salary if there is no approved budget. That would save a bunch of money 535 x $175,000 = $94 MILLION.
I can guarantee you, if Congress members had bill collectors calling them, they'd pass a budget.
This nonsense that is going on with this government is childish. These so called speakers of the people are not speaking or acting on the behalf of those who have voted for them. These morons get paid $74,000- $100,000 a year while the rest of us just survive. Our military men and women just continue to suffer at the hands of these businessmen and women whom call themselves congressmen or senators. So if this government shuts down, it is also right for the military to shutdown until they stop playing these he said she said games. Its time to take religion out of government, and act on human morals. I recently separated from the military and let me tell you this the pay isn't that damn good. Health, Employment, and everything in between is not at the fore front of the minds of these thieves in disguise. Republicans are trying to fix what they allowed Bush to screw up the time for redemption is not now, its time to act as adults and fix this. Private interest is not an option when playing with people's lives. Grow up and get things done. People its time to act, time remind these clowns about the social contract.
I'm not sure why the military would be affected by this shutdown.
It's an essential service.
Especially in a time of war....two wars to be accurate.
But I hear Congress still gets paid even though they wouldn't do the job we're paying them to do.
The military should all stand down until pay resumes.
Why punish the military when all the soliders fight for the govement rights to do anything? Yes, there is more than one reason why a solider joins the military. Some join because they are single and its a steady paycheck, some join for the stable paycheck to take care of the family they have and some join so they have a place to belong but they all have one thing in common & top reason above any other; PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY! Its a slap in the face to any solider who is not getting paid at anytime! Just in case you havent notice "govenment", diapers dont buy themselves, food doesnt walk into our homes, gas is high due to you anyways, car payments dont disappear, childern cant walk around naked and some of us who is starting our lives at ages 18-25 with different situatuions to follow; either kids, wives, husbands, or finanical problems does not mean that we can hold off our problems or sitautions because you decide you need a break until you are ready to start up again. You tell us as Americans we have it a whole lot better than anywhere. Well prove it because taking pay away from ANYONE not just military alone is not right due to your stupidity or carelessness with the situations handed to the government. Hey I got an idea stop spending very heavily into things that dont matter and start helping the people of the United States who actually deserve it, retire military, active military, hard workers, the older generation who busted their butts to make way for us today.
Sorry guys, the Republicans are not getting their way on abortion and planed parenthood.
The Republicans will take down the whole country for their damn social issues and take us back to the early 1900s.
These issues do not have a thing to do with Budget, they are taking advantage of the situation to control their private social agenda.
So, I guess the big question is when are all of these angry military supporters going to properly and correctly turn their anger on Senator Reid and other Senate Democrat party members, given that the Majority Leader Senator from Nevada is the one who WON'T pass the continuing resolution that pays the military through the rest of the year. The House has already DONE it's job and passed the bill, but the Senate refuses to.