MOBLIE, Ala. (WALA) - Local military employee Jennifer Milligan said she was furloughed last week when the government shut down and she's asking the gulf coast to come together.
Milligan was called back to work this week thanks to the "Pay Our Military Act" or POMA.
Even still, she said several of the contractors on base are still out of work and some were laid off.
“I’m seeing contractors that were a huge value to our base, they were laid off, their not going to be guaranteed any back pay whatsoever so now that the contractors not there, military personal who are supposed to be protecting our county are having to do other things,” Milligan said.
She said she was proactive in notifying her billing companies she was on furlough but she says some companies already slapped late fees on her bills.
“With federal employees, we did file for unemployment (and) we will have to pay that back once we receive that retro pay,” she said.
Milligan believes we’re going to see more drastic effects along the coast if the situation in Washington is not resolved soon. Until then, she says several families who live here are hurting during this time and they need help from the community.
“I’m missing several hundred dollars and I’m going to do my best but there are some people who are going to be missing thousands of dollars from this and have no where to turn. I think if this area bands together to help we can show the rest of the world yes, the Gulf Coast is affected, but we're strong,” Milligan said.
Milligan said government employees want to feel like valued citizens. She said they’re “just like everyone else with families and children”.
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