EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSW.Va. National Guard Members Impacted By Government Shutdown
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Oct. 1, 2013 11:21 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 2, 2013 12:35 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
During the back and forth leading up to the government shutdown both the House and Senate passed a measure to ensure U.S. military men and women would continue to be paid, regardless of their inability to pass a budget.
But, it turns out, not all military employees are protected under the Pay Our Military Act, as it's being called.
At the West Virginia National Guard, 1,150 Guard members and employees were sent home Tuesday and will not be paid until Congress passes a budget. They are not covered under the military act.
"Unfortunately, the way this is being interpreted within the Department of Defense and other agencies within the federal government, this really is the pay part of our military act," Gen. James Hoyer said.
Several positions were idled, everything from mechanics to pilots. Adam Harper is among those affected by the temporary government shutdown. He and other West Virginia National Guard technicians were furloughed for six days during the sequestration, and now it's happening again.
"It's frustrating, obviously, but we remind everybody that now is the time," Hatrper said. "We've got plenty of free time to go home and call our representatives and remind them of what's happening, what's happening here."
General Hoyer said the furloughs will significantly impact the state's readiness to respond to natural disasters and other call outs. There's also no money for training, affecting thousands of part-time members who rely on that extra income and won't be getting it. Hoyer also said it will be a blow to the state's economy, with several guard projects now on hold.
"Right now men and women of the National Guard who protect them are not being protected," Hoyer said. "We've got folks who aren't going to get paid, they're being sent home and some of them just came back from war."
There are also 389 military authority employees who get paid with dollars from the federal government, as of Tuesday, that money is no longer coming in and the state is having to make up the difference to keep the workers on the job. Hoyer expects the state can afford to do that for about a week. Firefighters at Yeager Airport are among the group of military authority employees. If they are furloughed, it could affect the 130th Airlift Wing and also ground all flights out of Yeager. The Kanawha County Commission has scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday evening to discuss funding of those firefighters.
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