Resources for Fort Polk civilians, Soldiers

Fort Polk
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:54am

Department of the Army civilians affected by the government shut down should know about Army Emergency Relief's Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). FEEA is a foundation that supports Department of the Army civilians in times of need.

Employees must meet the threshold of having trouble paying for basic living expenses like rent/mortgage and utilities. Assistance is provided in the form of a non-interest bearing loan.

No furlough loans will be made until an employee actually receives a "short" paycheck and meets the other loan criteria. FEEA loan applications can be found at

AER continues to provide assistance to Soldiers and their Families that are in need of grants and loans.

Soldiers and retirees, please take note of the following points:

  • The shut down does not affect retiree pay. Retiree pay is funded from an annuity fund, not a military appropriation.
  •  The first pay day that could possibly be impacted for Soldiers is October 15. Some banks and credit unions, including USAA Federal Savings and Navy Federal credit union, have announced that they will credit their Soldier members' bank accounts as if the government made the deposit on Oct. 15.
  • Soldiers should check with their banking institution to see if their accounts will be credited in the event that October 15 pay is disrupted.

All updates and pertinent information on the government shut down will be posted on the Guardian facebook site (search Fort Polk Guardian on Facebook) and on the JRTC and Fort Polk homepage at


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