Military Families Already Feeling "Government Shut Down"
POSTED: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 1:45pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 7:44pm
EL PASO - While the politicians bicker in Washington, military families here at Fort Bliss are already feeling a dent in their lifestyle, which is modest to begin with.
Fort Bliss soldiers say their latest 'leave and earning statements' show their next paycheck already cut in half. They were afraid to talk to us on camera because they feared getting in trouble. That didn't stop their wives.
"How are you supposed to feed and support a family when the most secure paying job in the nation just became volunteer labor?"
That's a question one Fort Bliss military wife posed to us today. She said soldiers like her husband have been ordered to continue working even if their paychecks are cut or even stop coming.
Another military wife told us Congress needs to get its act together.
"Figure it out, because people are in need, people have mouths to feed and children that need clothes. Just figure it out. These are military families and we depend on this money to survive. These men and women go out and they work every day honestly. They sign a contract to get paid and work for people's freedom, and half of these people put their lives on the line. So to not get half of their pay is totally unfair," Latasha Privotte said.
Privotte said this is also an added stress to overseas military members who support families in the U.S., because they can't do anything to help their wives, husbands or children.
Now soldiers worry they'll only be paid for their services until midnight.