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Civilian defense workers fear proposed furloughs

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Civilian workers say they are worried a budget battle in Washington, D.C. will cause financial casualties in Cumberland County.

After getting a letter telling her she could be soon faced with unpaid furloughs, Navy depot worker Renee Buck shared her financial fears.

"It's devastating to my family as well as many other families," she said, "Do we sell one of our vehicles? I don't know, I don't know what we are going to do."

The working mom said she doesn't know how her family will be able to make ends meet if the proposed furloughs are put into place. She and her husband have a five-year-old child with autism, and she said getting second jobs isn't an option given his needs.

But when she does the math, she's not sure how they will pay all of their bills.

"Losing 22 days of pay between April and October 1 is huge, it comes out to 20 percent for every DOD employee, every single pay check," Buck explained.

Her fears are also being felt across the county. Colonel Bobby Towery at the Carlisle Barracks wrote a letter to his workers Wednesday night giving them more information about the proposed furloughs. He said he is hoping for the best, but preparing workers for what might seem like the worst.

"From a professional side, you know it's the right thing to do to inform employees, so professionally, it was the right thing to do, but personally, anytime that you are delivering bad news, it's not good," he said.

He added that the furloughs could be put into place as soon as 45 days.

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