As the shutdown of the government drags on into its fourth week, federal employees are starting to feel the pain. Roughly 800,000 workers missed their paychecks last week, forcing many to turn to food banks and other public resources to get by. The shutdown is not longer a matter of political jousting over building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border; it's officially a very real burden on the lives of public servants.

Those public servants includes more than 42,000 Coast Guard members who are currently going without pay. And while Coasties across the country are getting a helping hand from the communities they serve, there's an easy way that you can help.

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The author

By 'Hunter'

Tom allowed me to comment on his contributions to the 'interwebs' on the condition that it be anything but 'fawning;' more of a lessons learned. Sorry this is long, but some (interpreted) history is warranted.

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(U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Jamin M. Powel)

Here's a letter I sent last week to the fine people who run Task & Purpose. We'll be wrapping things up over the next week or so.—Tom

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I never felt angry until I went home on leave.After hours spent with my deeply supportive and loving family, I would sometimes find myself retreating to a secluded spot to stare at the wall and clench various muscles. Perhaps a part of my reaction was that, in my mind, I had no reason to be angry.

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Gainesville Times

Have courage.

That's how Cornelius Cornelssen VII signed off on a brief telegram to his son, Cornelius VIII, who had just been wounded in Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1945.

“Hope wounds not serious mother and I are praying for you have courage," read the telegram, now an artifact folded and faded in the possession of Cornelssen's granddaughter, his son's daughter.

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