Congressman Scott Taylor, who formerly served in the United States military as a Navy SEAL, refused to accept a salary while the government was shut down.
Per Fox Business:
Taylor said he can’t continue to be paid in “good faith” if Congress simply [is] not doing anything.
“To me it’s important if I am not working, I don’t want the money and I’ll struggle like everybody else,” he said.
The Virginia Congressman [took] to Twitter Saturday and announced his decision to defer his salary to a charity for military veterans each day the government is shutdown.
“Congress shouldn’t be paid during this #GovtShutdown , just like some of you aren’t being paid & especially if our military & first responders are not,” Taylor tweeted on Saturday, the first day of the shutdown. “I will donate my salary to a military/veterans’ charity each day.”
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Taylor, who represents the second congressional district of Virginia, donated his pay to Vetshouse, Inc., on the first day of the shutdown:
Here’s more on Vethouse, Inc. via their website:
Vetshouse, Inc. is a unique nonprofit organization serving homeless veterans in Hampton Roads. It is not a shelter, but a 12 month program providing contemporary living quarters in a group environment, assistance in job hunting, transportation, personal skills and development guidance.
Congress shouldn’t be paid during this #GovtShutdown , just like some of you aren’t being paid & especially if our military & first responders are not. I will donate my salary to a military/veterans’ charity each day. Today’s pay will go to Vetshouse, Inc.https://t.co/780MrFfYDP
— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) January 20, 2018
On the next day of the shutdown, the Virginia Congressman donated his salary to veteran suicide prevention organization, End22.
Here’s more on their mission, via their website:
Bring Awareness to the 20-22 Vets and 1 Active Duty we lose per Day to the Hidden Wounds of War.
Connect the Dots for transitioning Service members to the civilian World.
Get Vets and Active Duty Members the Non Traditional Treatment not provided or paid for by VA and Military Medical Facilities.
Get Veterans active within the Community as to not lose that sense of mission. Provide FREE counseling to Vets and Service members outside of the VA and Active Duty Medical facilities.
Bring Vets together to build the comradery that is lost once they transition out. Vets HELPING Vets…Since losing our own Son in 2012 to the Hidden Wounds of War something had to be done.
Taylor said he contributed to the organization because it “literally saves lives and families by preventing #Veteran suicide.”
Day 2 of #SchumerShutdown #GovernmentShutdown . I will be donating my pay to https://t.co/b28scKDlX6 End22, literally, saves lives and families by preventing #Veteran suicide. #SuicidePrevention pic.twitter.com/16liCNrTVw
— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) January 21, 2018
The former SEAL said his third contribution will go to Operation Homefront, an organization which helps active duty families with financial hardships.
Here’s more, via their website:
Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, we have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. Operation Homefront has consistently earned high ratings from leading charity rating services, including Charity Navigator, which gave OH 4 Stars for 10 consecutive years for superior service and accountability. At Operation Homefront, 92 percent of expenditures goes directly toward delivering programs and services to the military families who need it most.
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