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4,800 ND National Guard Employees are Still Waiting to get Paid

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After more than two weeks, they've finally found a compromise. The goal is to have votes wrapped up in both the Senate and House before the US defaults on its loans on Thursday. But how about those federal employees that are still waiting to see their paychecks? Valley News teams Eric Crest talks to the North Dakota National Guard representatives as they continue to wait.

To date there are only a handful, four to be exact, of 43 hundred North Dakota National Guard employees that aren't back on the clock. But on the clock or not, that doesn't mean they've received a paycheck since the government shutdown.

"The bills don't stop, the bills continue to come in and our soldiers and airmen have to prepare financially for that. And some of them maybe getting a second job now. Some of them may have gone down to job services," says Lt. Col. Debra Lien.

But being prepared is just another part of being a guardsman according to Lien, "I don't think we're comfortable with it. I think we're able to adapt and overcome almost any situation."

On the account of the government shutdown these soldiers of the Air and Army National Guard have already missed a weekend of drills. Sounds like just a weekend. No big deal right? But Lt. Col. Lien says every weekend counts. They've already lost one of their twelve and are about to lose another training opportunity this weekend.

"We don't have very many of these in the National Guard compared to these active duty folks. We have limited training time that we can train with our soldiers and airmen. Whether it's to fight the nation's war or provide emergency services in support of local communities," says Lt. Col. Lien.

So while the furlough didn't keep these jobs sidelined for the past 16 days. The checks aren't coming in just yet and all too many are still feeling the impacts regardless of whether a deal is made in Washington or not.

"Just like any other federal worker right now that's furloughed, it's impact's to their families, it's impacts to our soldiers and airman," says Lt. Col. Lien.

Representatives at the guard tell us they aren't sure when the first check in over two weeks of working without pay will come in. But they are hoping they'll arrive soon.

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