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Nevada Guard Members Deal With Furloughs

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Nevada National Guard members are beginning to feel the effects of this summer's sequestration.

Furloughs began on July 8 and will continue through the end of September. In all, more than 530 department of defense technicians in the Nevada Guard.

These furloughs will save the Nevada Guard more than $1.8 million, but it's the members who will see 20 percent of their paychecks missing starting this week .

"Probably staying in a lot more," says Jon Rampton. "Cooking at home and just trying to cut down anything that's not necessary."

Rampton says there isn't anybody whose not nervous or concerned.

"Families with multiple kids, and I know for them it's going to be a lot harder than somebody like myself," he says.

Staff Sgt. Justin Hanselman says the cuts are impacting morale at work along with peoples' personal lives.

"For someone at my level, that's quite a substantial amount of money," he says. "I do have a family, a wife and a son at home."

Dennis Fournier is a spokesperson for the Nevada National Guard. He's worried for the men and women who may not be financially stable enough to endure the cuts.

"The folks who live paycheck to paycheck. This is going to take a bite," he says.

The Guard members are pulling together though. Many are organizing car pools and potlucks at lunch.

"We were hopeful that sequestration and furlough were not going to happen but here they are, and this is how we're going to deal with it," says Fournier.

At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, men and women were forced to head home for the day due to the furloughs. A tough blow for folks who have mortgages, car payments and families to feed.

Some say they are weighing their options for the future.

"It's not that we don't love our jobs, it's not that we don't love our country," says Hanselman. "However, at the same time we do have a family to support."

Guard members say they're hopeful and confident by October 1 a new agreement will allow them to go back to work full-time for the long term.

With sequestration now in effect, the Department of Defense must reduce it's expenditures by $487 billion during the next decade.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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