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Four thousand DOD workers to be furloughed by shutdown
Many federal entities will be affected.
As many as four-hundred thousand Department of Defense workers could be furloughed if this government shutdown happens.
About sixty percent of the economy in Okaloosa County is related to the military.
There are more than five thousand defense workers at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field alone.
Only those classified as "essential" would be able to keep working.
Active duty troops will also have to keep working.
The prospect of thousands of defense workers being sent home tomorrow morning creates uncertainty on base and off.
David griffin "i've got a son-in-law that's been in the air force now for...This is his twelfth year. What i understand, they may not get their paychecks, or they certainly would be delayed"
The House has passed a measure to pay active and reserve troops in the event of a shutdown, but it still has to go to the senate.
If the shutdown lasts more than a week, the Pentagon says mid-month checks could be delayed.
And the government says payments to more than three million combat wounded veterans could be in question.