- Posted October 15, 2013 by
Spanish Fort, Alabama
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Furloughed Story from the Gulf Coast
I was furloughed on October 1 as a military civilian in Alabama. I immediately became proactive calling creditors that day. Some worked with me and some didn't . I was called back to start work on 10/8. I was very fortunate but of course my check was 700 short that I received this weekend. In Alabama like many states there is a one week waiting period so I did not get unemployment for that week missed. I tried local charities to at least help me and If I received back pay, they would get the donation back. I was told I did not qualify because they go off last month’s income. I appealed to our local news on interview but the interview was so short that we still did not get much attention. The public has been mislead in thinking that we all (including those still furloughed) have gotten back pay! Hence no one believes down here that we need help! I have tried again to get the news to interview me again to get this information to the public because I have friends all over the country including FEDS here that are non military and contractors that are suffering due to still being on furlough and going into week three of the shutdown. For whatever reason no one wants to report on this. I even wrote Shepard Smith only because he is from the Gulf Coast and hoped that would appeal to a local to spread the word that we need help but again no response. Please report this and help all of us here.My loss in pay is more then my family can take but I am doing my best to find a way but there are so many who have no where to turn. They need a voice. The public needs to know for a fact that the retro pay has only been approved in the house therefore its not an enacted bill. We are not "double dipping" as so many media outlets have portrayed us to be. Those comments basically undermined the integrity of all federal workers. It hurts to read negative responses about federal employees when the majority of us love our jobs and the work we do. It is up to a news station to help stop that division amongst citizens. Our government process is not the enemy, the extreme greed of some who serve it are. This entire country needs to BAN together regardless of political stance, race, religion, social status etc. and make this country great again. We need to enact laws that dont allow our leaders to be exempt from them. We need to find ways as a whole to try and banish corruption on all sides. We need to become inspired again by past leaders of this country that rallied us. We all need to believe in our Government again. If this shutdown continues and people spend less money, reduced hours and lay offs begin to appear from businesses not even related to the federal shutdown. Those people then file for unemployment eventually bankrupting the state systems because other businesses will not have the will to create new jobs. I represent all the Civil Servants and Contractors on the Gulf Coast. Thank you for giving us a chance to speak. I am proud of our military and proud of the DOD for working so hard to get us back to work. My fellow civilian employees, many close friends of mine in MD and VA employed by other great agencies are still at home unable to serve their country. We ALL love our country and serve it proudly through civil service.