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.