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As government shutdown is looming, members of the military are prepping for lack of paycheck


ALBANY, N.Y. -  Those serving our country could be without a paycheck if a government shutdown happens, at post 6776, NEWS10 ABC's Lindsay Nielson spoke with one veteran who remembers what it was like for him when a shutdown did happen in the 90's.

As the threat of a government shutdown looms, those serving our country will face a shutdown of their own.  Eric Durr, who is with the NYS division of military and naval affairs spoke about what this means for our military.

He said "So if you're a soldier, a sailor, an airman or a marine you still come to work. My understanding is that they will be paid eventually."

Durr says they will be paid once the shutdown is over if it does happen.

Marine veteran Robert Grier of Schenectady remembers when the government did shut down in 1995 and 1996.
"Going back to the 90's and I remember that there was a lot of aggravated people that didn't get paid" said Grier.
Grier was one of the active duty marines that did not get paid during the shutdown and he fears what it could mean for those actively serving now.

"It was more of an annoyance because it wasn't a long term thing so but it did happen" he continued ‘if it does happen now I'm sure if it's a long term thing people aren't going to pay their bills."

Now if you are what's been deemed a "non-essential worker" like the National Guard, you would face a furlough. Durr says the National Guard is prepping now to be ready. 

On Saturdy night, Congress voted unanimously to guarantee pay for members of the military, if a shutdown were to occur. That bill portion now goes to the Senate, which isn't scheduled to meet until Monday.

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