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Faces of the Shutdown III


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Early Monday afternoon, Sergeant Kimberly Bratic got a text message for her to report back to her job at the Michigan National Guard in Lansing, after nearly a week of being on furlough.

"I'm excited to go back, but my only concern is this the end of it?" says Sgt. Bratic.

Since the start of the government shutdown, Sgt. Bratic wrestled with the uncertainty of when she'd return to work. On Tuesday, she and nearly 900 other National Guard technicians went back to their jobs, after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday ordered approximately 350,000 furloughed servicemen and women to return to work. However, during a meeting Tuesday afternoon with Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, many learned that they while they're back on the job, they may still have to go without pay.

Sgt. Bratic is one of those technicians who will work without a paycheck until further notice. "I love what I do for the Army…but when I go home and start looking at those bills again, it's going to be the smack of the other side going, ‘You're back to work for nothing,'" says Bratic. And while she's proud to be a servicewoman, lawmakers' inability to make a decision on the budget has significantly lowered her morale. "It doesn't matter if it's Republican or Democrat. They've got to come to terms," she says. "Somebody in DC has got to fix this and get it done, now."

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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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