Ark. National Guard furloughs continue

    8:52 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As the shutdown lingers on, the Arkansas National Guard furloughed 82 more people on Friday. The Guard's total number of people out of work now stands at 376 state and five federal employees.

    The Guard released a statement on Friday saying that each day the shutdown continues, they become less and less prepared for anything.

    Two of those furloughed employees are being hit twice as hard. Husband and wife Darryl and Jonna Whitfield find it hard to run a household with two incomes frozen. The two work for the Arkansas State Military Department.

    "You have a family to take care of and to pay the bills and to feed," Jonna said. "You do start getting kind of worried about the money issue."

    The couple supports a household of five. They said if the shutdown lasts until November, they'll be struggling to pay more than just their normal bills.

    "We have a son now that has a lot of medical needs," Darryl said.

    From hypoglycemia to asthma to vision problems, their 17-year-old son, Matthew, relies on his parents' insurance plan, and if they don't go back to work before Nov. 1, their insurance premium will double. They said the uncertainty is the worst part.

    "It's not knowing when we are going to go back," Jonna said. "How long it's going to last. How long our money's going to last."

    For the Whitfields, staying positive is all they can do until Washington comes to some kind of decision.

    "I'm wanting to get back to work," Darryl said. "It's not only just our money, but it's our livelihood."

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