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Beginning of long recovery for furloughed government employees

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Updated: 10/16/2013 11:51 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Cameron Griffith has been glued to the television anxiously watching Congress deliberations unfold since the shutdown started more than two weeks ago.

Furloughed from his civilian position at Jacksonville NAS, he's been living without an income and hoping for a solution.

So news of an agreement is music to Griffith's ears.

"It sounds great. I mean I've been living on reduced circumstances and I'm looking forward to going back to work," he said.

But he's not out of the woods just yet. Bills have piled up.

"Financially, it's going to be a huge long-term effect. Because of the deferral, I'm not going to be able to pay off my consolidation loans on the day that I wanted to," he said.

NAS Jacksonville has given him no indication as to when he'll get his promised refund for the work he missed.

"It could be now, it could be tomorrow, it could be two months, three months, six months," he said.

So as he works to get his life back in order post shutdown, he says he's also preparing by putting more of his paycheck into savings.

"We'll have to be a little bit more proactive. Hey, there's a chance that this could happen again," he said.
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