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Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle / U.S. Coast Guard

After 35 days, the longest government shutdown in American history concluded today with a bipartisan funding agreement. The U.S. Coast Guard took the extraordinary step of reallocating operational funds to pay its uniformed servicemembers on January 1st, but those servicemembers were working without pay ever since.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle / U.S. INDOPACOM

On Tuesday, Members of the U.S. Coast Guard will miss their first paycheck since the partial federal shutdown began in December. Uniformed service members and essential civilains are still on duty performing missions vital to public safety and national security. But this isn't the first time the Coast Guard has been through this challenge.

What was first seen as a harrowing tale of survival for two Hawai’i women is now coming into question. After being lost at sea for five months, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava are safe and healthy. But the U.S. Coast Guard continues to uncover a growing list of inconsistencies in their stories. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.