Also before the shutdown, the Congress had made funds available for this if the shutdown occurred, but the White House and Defense Department and a bunch of lawyers found a way to block these funds.
All of these things could have been fixed with executive orders, which the president issues all the time when he wants something. But Obama is a firm believer to “never let a good crisis go to waste.” And he does this by inflicting the maximum pain and inconvenience on the most people possible, and then tries to blame it all on the Republicans. The contempt he shows for our service personnel (and even for our average citizens) is unparalleled in America history. He and his administration are a national disgrace.