‘Things are slipping’ as Coast Guard families brace for missed paychecks
AUSTIN, Texas — The prospect of Ashleigh Murdock’s husband missing a paycheck from the Coast Guard couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The family of five relocated to Seattle nearly a year and a half ago and purchased a home. They rented their previous home in Maine to another Coast Guard family, but heavy rains last fall caused the basement to flood. Murdock said they spent their savings to repair the basement and to conduct mold testing that wasn’t covered by insurance.
Now Murdock is looking to pay two mortgages along with the rest of her family’s bills on the small income that she earns working with special-needs children in a local school district. Her husband, a 16-year member of the Coast Guard, is deployed as an electrician’s mate on the USCGC Polar Star, an icebreaker making its annual trip to open waterways near Antarctica for commerce.
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