Valley military families brace for federal government shutdown
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 00:23:19 GMT —
It's rare that you meet a soldier or military family who is disappointed in their nation and government, but this week it is a different story.
Action 4 News asked viewers on our Facebook page how they would be affected by the shutdown. A lot of people spoke out.
San Benito Kathryn Medrano asked if we could interview her via Skype since her family relocated to Fort Hood.
Medrano TMs husband who serves in the U.S. Army is preparing to deploy overseas, so word of the government shutdown and its affects are upsetting.
We are the ones paying the price for their freedom. They [Congress] are not doing anything, obviously because of the situation we are in. They are not doing what they are getting paid to do-yet my husband is doing his job and he's not getting paid for it said Medrano.
This feeling of frustration is due to a proposed government shutdown at midnight Friday.
Kathryn Medrano is upset over the unnecessary stress the shutdown causes for all military families.
A lot of soldiers have already been saying that if they don't get paid they won TMt show up to work. I would do the same thing. I mean who works for free. We can't afford it. There are bills to pay. There are kids to feed said Medrano.
According to the federal government, not showing up is not an option and offenders may be subject to arrest.
Medrano stresses her family lives on a budget and unbeknownst to them her husband's pay was already cut in half.
As they await a second deployment in Fort Hood, she claims morale is going down.
The army strong thing is over-rated. It TMs not what it's made out to be. My husband is still adjusting to being in crowds and we are working on that as a couple.
This is just more stress for us and every other service member and border patrol said Medrano.
So far now, all military families are in a wait and see mode.
The last shutdown was back in 1995. It lasted for 20 days under President Bill Clinton costing taxpayers $100 million a day for the first six days. The final price tag $1.25 billion dollars.Click here for the Facebook comments thread on this story