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Local husband and wife feel pain of forced furloughs

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Updated: 7/08/2013 8:11 pm
FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- While most furloughed employees will see their pay cut by 20 percent, Teresa Thiele and her husband will see their household income drop by double.

Thiele and her husband both work at NAS Jax as Department of Defense employees.

Before taking on their current positions, Thiele served in the Navy and her husband in the Marines. Thiele says serving this country is the only job she's ever known.

"It's something we both felt was right for us. It's a decision we made coming out of high school to support ourselves and our families," said Thiele.

About a month ago, she received a notice informing her about the proposed furloughs. Starting this week she and her husband will be forced to take every Friday off without pay.

For the first time in her life, the job security she once felt, is gone.

"I'm angry, I'm really angry," said Thiele.

It's all part of the budget cuts that were put into place after negotiations on debt reductions broke down in Washington. Local families like the Thieles are now paying the price for those failed negotiations.

"We have a house payment and two vehicle payments and then you add insurance, utility, water, things of that nature. You take 40 percent of our income away and it's going to be a very tight struggle," said Thiele.

Despite the challenges she and her family are facing, Thiele says she still has faith.

"I just have to believe that The Lord will provide and we'll make it," said Thiele.

According to Thiele, credit counselors were made available to her and her co-workers after the proposed furloughs were announced. She declined those services opting instead to try to be as frugal as possible from now on.
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RiverRat - 7/9/2013 9:36 AM
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The math does not add up. Just because they are both affected it is still just 20% of their individual or combined income.

Truthseeker - 7/9/2013 4:44 AM
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The worst thing about this furlough is the fact that the people who caused this problem, the politicians, aren't suffering any of the consequences of their poor decision making, leadership and management skills. They haven't lost a penny in this whole downturn. Remember that during the elections next year and in 2016. Also, ditto on what "tlynn" wrote. If less than one third of the people in this country get out and vote, then the two thirds who can't get off of their dead, ignorant butts have nothing to complain about and deserve what they get.

doug1 - 7/9/2013 12:12 AM
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well, i guess it's rough all over. you get unpaid leave. but, how about people out of work for 1-2 years? bank is good. we need to shrink the government anyway. doug1.

tlynn - 7/8/2013 9:04 PM
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The squeaky wheel gets the grease…Sounds to me like you need to be complaining over and over again…Loud and clear to your Senate and Congress people. And DO NOT forget to VOTE!!! Our country has one of the worst voting records in the world…Yet all we seem to do is complain! Be the one that improves our record of voter turnout!
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