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SHUTDOWN WORRIES: National Guard Preparing For Furloughs

The Iowa National Guard is bracing for furloughs in the event of a government shutdown.

Colonel Greg Hapgood says in the short term, 1,000 full-time employees, both military and civilian, would be affected if a continuing resolution isn’t passed.

He says the guard’s men and women went through the same thing two-and-a-half years ago so they’re familiar with what they might be in for.

Hapgood says they’re trying to prepare as best they can, “Things you think about how do I take care of my family? And so it’s important to plan on the front end and be fiscally conservative, until you can see what the situation is going to bring.”

Hapgood says if the government does shut down the Iowa National Guard is prepared to do what it needs to do in order to continue operation.

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