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    Posted April 6, 2011 by
    erindisseler
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     erindisseler's husband is a military veteran that now works for the Medical Center for Prisoners. Many of the members of her family are also a part of the military as well. 'I hope Congress can come to an agreement. I wish that it hadn't taken so long. I wish there had been one sooner. There is no reason to create such panic. I blame Congress for not compromising. I don't blame the president. He can only push them to come to an agreement and sign what they give him.'

    'My husband asked me if I was willing to work. I responded off course. I take online classes funded by the Pell Grant. But I am willing to work at McDonalds even to help out.'
    - nancyt3, CNN iReport producer

    A gov't shutdown would mean we have absolutely no income coming in our home. We would rely solely on his VA disability( would he still get paid that in a shutdown?). We could put food on the table if that money is still received, but not pay bills. Never have we ever had to choose between feeding our family or paying bills. It makes me sick to even think about it.

    I am a stay at home mother and take classes online, my husband works for BOP at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. So many husband and wives work at The Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, what are they to do when both are furloughed, but required to work with no pay?  My stepfather in the Army ( and so many other close friends)  would also receive no $. My dad, a federal firefighter @ MCAAP, OK, no $. My brother in law working for IRS in KC- also a single income family with a 2 yr old and a 7 month pregnant wife- no $. 90% of our friends and family will be without a paycheck.....Due to tax return  processing delays we still have no received ours.....so we also would not get the almost $6,000 tax return that would help so much in the event of a furlough. All we can do is keep the faith and pray. Never underestimate the power of prayer.

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