TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - As the government shutdown drags on for the third day, what does this mean for us in the Wabash Valley?
Some workers aren't on the job and others aren't sure when their next pay check will come down the line.
The 181st Intelligence Wing, Air National Guard is waiting desperately for the government to wise up and see how this is affecting the entire country.
Some local airmen don't even know when their next pay check is coming, while others have been sent home indefinitely.
Commander of the 181st Intelligence Wing, Colonel Donald Bonte's job is secure during the government shut down.
But the same can't be said for everyone on the 181st Air National Guard base. More than 100 Air National Guard airmen don't know when they're going back to work.
"They are currently not working and not being paid,” said Bonte.
Short-term there's a minimal effect on the 181st, but that cannot be said if this shutdown lasts much longer.
"Long-term effect will be our ability to continue training for our federal mission, our deployed mission…If this lasts over a period of time, those training skill sets would begin to degrade over an extended period of time,” Bonte said.
Bonte is hoping it will get resolved soon, because it's a burden to these airmen who can't come to work.
"A lot of our young airmen have families and it's tough enough out there making ends meet. You go and take their pay check away from them and not knowing when they get that paycheck back again. That's a terrible burden for them to have,” said Colonel Bonte.
The men working on the base right now during the shut down will be paid.
We'll continue to keep you updated on this story
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