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Midstate DOD workers to be furloughed, fear financial implications

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Beginning this week, cuts at the federal level will hit close to home. Thousands of civilian Department of Defense workers will be furloughed in the Midstate.

One of those people is Renee Powers, a single mom from Etters. She works at the Defense Logistics Agency in New Cumberland.

Over the next 11 weeks, she is being forced to take three-day weekends. A long weekend may sound nice, but Powers said the furlough is not something to laugh at.

"It's going to hurt. I'm losing about $600 a month, which is like three-fourths of my mortgage payment," she said. It's going to hurt real bad."

In addition to the house payment, she has to feed a growing teenage boy and pay for her car. Powers is getting some relief by deferring her car payments, but she still has to pick up a part-time job to make ends meet.

"I'm already struggling. We haven't had a cost of living raise in three years so this is making it a lot worse -- a lot worse," said Powers.

Powers said she understands why the cuts are happening but that does not soften the financial blow.

"I think it's sad that it's come to this," said Powers. "I think there could've been other cuts made in different areas."

Although Powers is worried about her family's financial situation, she is also concerned about our men and women in uniform. That is because her job is to send supplies to our troops.

"We're being affected financially, but I think the troops now are going to suffer as well because they're not going to get their stuff in as good of a timely manner," Powers said.

Powers is not alone in her struggle. Thousands of workers from Fort Indiantown Gap, Letterkenny Army Depot, Mechanicsburg Navy Depot, and the Army War College are also facing furloughs.

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