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Soldiers frustrated over budget impact

04-09-2011 09:26 BJT

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As the deadline over a US spending plan draws near, and the possibility of a government shutdown looms ever larger, the thought of not getting paid has caused frustration among many in the military.

Waves of uncertainty are rising in military towns like this one in Oceanside, California, where the economic impact of a possible government shutdown is likely to be hard felt.

The thought of not getting paid is causing frustration for these soldiers from nearby Camp Pendleton, some who just returned from Afghanistan.

Roderick Jennings, said, "I don't like it at all. We're out there doing what we have to do and some are making the ultimate sacrifice and we're just getting the short end of the stick, to say the least."

Eddie Kosmicki-Lovelace, said, "I'm kind of mad about it. I think Democrats and Republicans should agree on it and make a budget because the fact that we're not going to get paid is kind of ridiculous for what we do. I think there's going to be a lot of angry military families and that's going to bring down the morale of the whole Marine Corp."

Alec Maddox, said, "I got a lot of savings, but I know a lot of people don't so they're screwed. Most of them are screwed, actually."

And soldiers without a paycheck, or savings to fall back on, will be faced with hard decisions that will reverberate throughout the community. Retailers and local businesses who rely on these soldiers will likely see revenue dry up.




Ethan Counts, said, "I have a little savings, but not enough to cover rent and stuff. Hopefully, my apartment complex will be kind of lenient until the budget gets figured out. But other than that, I really don't know. Just hope for the best."

Amanda Jennings, said, "Well, it's really inconvenient. An everyday, average person relies on a pay check month to month and if someone doesn't have savings, how are they supposed to pay their bills?"

A question military families are looking to Washington to for an answer as they search for ways to deal with the possible loss of a paycheck.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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