CNN PRODUCER NOTE DinahB has been saving up for her “dream” trip to Gettysburg for a year. The Department of Defense employee had already gotten the time off to go when she left, but her boss called to let her know that she had been furloughed when the shutdown started. She’s worried about being able to pay the bills when she gets home. “I am dipping on my savings right now and praying that DOD will pay us on time,” she said.
DinahBwas called back to work on Oct. 7, but the 20-year government employee is nervous about the uncertainty in her department. “Where I worked, we have let go of a lot of people due to our department's reorganization,” she said. “We were furloughed this past summer, in which I covered the expenses with my savings.”
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
My long time dream to go to Gettysburg came into reality Sep 30 when on a planned and saved road trip along Virginia to Gettysburg. Unfortunately, I didn't get to enjoy fully the beauty and the story of the civil war because the park, particularly the National Soldier's Cemetery was closed. I am also a civilian government employee, although on leave, was notified by my boss thru text that we have been furloughed indefinitely. Although, I saved up for this trip, future trips and my daily sustenance were in jeopardy. I can't use up my savings for this. I am almost done my other goal to visit all 50 states which I was planning to accomplish on a road trip to California the end of October. I don't know if that will happen. My dilemma might not be such a big deal compared to what others are going through. As a government employee who have devoted my 20 years career in the government, it pains me to think that I might end up to be a bag lady and will not see a comfortable retirement. My mother used to say, go get a government job, it does not pay you that much but it is stable and secured. I don't know what it is now. While, I refuse to free load, it is a shame that we, the government employees can't even have a say when we can work!This is all I could get, taken from across the street behind the fence of the closed National Soldier's Cemetery where the famous Gettysburg Address was delivered by Lincoln.
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