- Posted April 6, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
U.S. government is 'open for business'
Single income family
'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.