I'm glad that the media is finally understanding the dilemma that federal furloughed workers like myself are facing. I moved in Louisiana last year for a job with the USDA which meant a physical separation from my husband who received orders to Oklahoma. Due to the temporary nature of this situation, I remained with my US Air Force Reserve Unit in Oklahoma City, OK. Last week I was stunned when I drove up to my unit only to find an empty parking lot. Stunned because I drive a 1100 mile roundtrip every month only to collect enough money to pay for my gas. The decision to close my unit occurred only one hour before. After realizing that I had not only wasted my money but also my time, I tried to contact personnel at my USDA department only to find them closed. This does not define a "partial" shutdown to me! My family has to pay for two households and our jobs just do pay for that. This is a sacrifice that many military families have to face until they can go to a place that can employee their entire family within the community UNLIKE Altus, Oklahoma. I can't wait two weeks for a paycheck. I haven't been siting on the couch eating potato chips or taking a vacation. I've been applying to every job I can qualify for and worrying about my future. Note that even to file unemployment one has to wait to get financial help. Louisiana has a 14 day waiting period. So while the politicians can workout on an exercise bike, I'm trying to see how many meals I can get out of a can of beans or a box of Velveeta and put all my bills on my credit card. Another point of hypocrisy is that the commissaries on bases are closed while the golf courses remain open. Shame on our President, shame on our government, shame on our nation! Vote out everybody!
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