New York Day #3 | 6.17.17

New York 3 USMMA Rebekah Koontz

When it rains, it pours.

Congratulations to the class of 2017.

New York Day 2 | 6.16.17

New York Day 2 travel funny humor blog rebekah koontz

Our adventures in New York continue!

Military School Closed

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The government shut down has affected so many under it’s jurisdiction, one of the greatest impacts falling on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. — also, the school my brother is attending.

Monday, September 30th, the school celebrated it’s 70 year anniversary. On Tuesday, the school completely shut down.

Unlike the other military schools, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is under the Department of Transportation, not the Department of Defense, which is why it was so greatly affected. During a Government shut down, all civilian personnel receive furlough (a temporary layoff from work) and must leave the premises until further notice. And since the vast majority of teachers at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy are civilians, the school was forced to shut down, leaving hundreds of students in the air about their academic future.

“We are kind of the forgotten academy,” Carol Kennedy told USA Today.