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Faces Of The Shutdown


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)— As the clock struck 12 on Tuesday at the Michigan National Guard office in Lansing, servicemen and women filed out of the building, unsure of when they would return.

"I'm nervous. I'm frustrated. I'm exhausted," says Sgt. Kimberly Bratic. "I'm disappointed in our system, and it shouldn't be like this."

Sgt. Kimberly Bratic moved to Michigan earlier this year to take a job with the National Guard as a public affairs specialist."When I joined the military, this was supposed to be the stable job," she says. But on Monday, Bratic, her husband and about 900 other workers with the Michigan National Guard were furloughed, forced to find other ways to make ends meet until Congress can agree on a spending bill.

"I just came back from Afghanistan. So did my husband. He and I will both have no income. No paycheck coming in," she says. And because Sgt. Bratic recently moved to the state, she does not yet qualify for unemployment.

Michigan National Guard officials say the average furloughed worker will lose about $137 per day, which comes out to more than $2,700 a month.

"We'll have to rob Peter to pay Paul in the meantime until we can both get back to work," she says. "I'm very proud to be a service member, but this is not how our government should be acting right now."

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at emorrow@wlns.com.

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