For many military families and those who regularly shop at military commissaries, Tuesday’s government shutdown proved to be quite the challenge for shoppers. As if the checkout lines wrapped around the store weren’t enough, many of the store shelves were empty.
As I shopped among the throngs of people trying to fill their carts and fridges, I was overcome with feelings of sadness and pride. Associates continued to greet their customers with a smile and went out of their way to be helpful throughout what had to have been a very trying and stressful day for them. Time and time again they answered questions regarding the empty shelves and their futures on the job with smiling faces and calm demeanors. My heart was filled with pride despite the fact that my eyes were filled with water.
As I walked by empty shelf after shelf, signs reading SOLD OUT were posted everywhere.
American families are coming up empty as our officials remain solution-less and I’m left to witness first hand, the people they really “SOLD OUT” in this deal.