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Letter to the editor: Unemployment is not helping US Army Reserve members

Lt. Col. Dan McAuliffe
Frisco

I am writing to bring attention to a provision in the pandemic assistance law that is penalizing members of the U.S. Army Reserve.

If you receive a W-2 for more than $2,500 in wages, you are ineligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Therefore, sole proprietors, gig economy workers and those who file a Schedule C but also serve their country as a member of our reserve forces are ineligible for any Pandemic Unemployment Assistance .

No member of the U.S. Army Reserve can afford to live on their reserve pay alone, but because we receive a small paycheck for serving our country, we cannot obtain the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provided to other nontraditional workers adversely affected by the pandemic.

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None of my clients have been able to pay me for my services since early March. I hoped Pandemic Unemployment Assistance would tide me over. Not so. Because I am a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, I am not eligible for any assistance according to the Colorado Department of Labor.

Please fix this gap on the law!


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