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    8,500 Arkansas guardsmen go without a paycheck

    10:52 PM, Jan 12, 2014   |    comments
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    JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials at Little Rock Air Force Base said 8,000 guardsmen will go without a paycheck.

    "Back in December, the President signed into law a two year budget deal. That's an authorization, so if you're a family making your monthly budget, you outline a blueprint, but you don't actually execute until your paycheck comes in. That's an appropriation bill," said Maj. Matt Snead with the Arkansas National Guard.

    Sgt. Jennifer Champion is a mother of four and said this is the third time the guardsmen have gone without a paycheck in a 12-month period.

    "The first furlough happened in July, and then the government shutdown happened around the holidays," said Sgt. Champion.

    Maj. Snead said the guardsmen will receive back pay once the appropriation bill is put in place.

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