Fort Drum (WSYR-TV) – The government shutdown means military families across the country could be struggling to put food on the table.
That’s because commissaries have been closed down.
It's a place where service members and their families can get groceries at a discount and other goods tax free on base.
Claude and Gail Quick make a trip to Fort Drum once a month to stock up their pantry with food from the commissary on base.
But on Thursday they were in for a shock.
“There was just a sign on the door saying 'due to the government shut down the commissary is not open at this time,'” said Claude Quick, a retired Army First Sergeant. “I was furious.”
The commissary offers low cost and tax free groceries and other goods, which Quick says adds up to a savings of at least 30 percent on a grocery bill.
It’s a benefit extended to active duty and retired military.
For young soldiers and their families - who live on a base - it's a life line as many don't have opportunities to go off base and shop.
“Why should that extra burden be placed on our soldiers?” Quick questioned.
After 20 years in the Army - fighting and being wounded in Vietnam - Claude is one of the most decorated veterans in Central New York.
Now, he says his mission is to fight for the troops that are still on the front lines.
“They're not just thinking it through. When you do something, you don't do it to hurt those who are putting it all on the line for our country. You just don't do that,” Quick said.
Overseas commissaries have remained open during the government shutdown, but it appears the stores in the US will not reopen until the shutdown is over.