NH News
10:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Update: Some National Guard Members Allowed To Return To Work After Furlough

About 120 New Hampshire National Guard members are back at work after being furloughed as part of a federal government shutdown.

The military technicians received exemptions and were allowed to go back to work Thursday. About 100 of them work at the Pease Air National Guard Base; the rest are Army guardsmen.

About 330 other National Guard members remain on furlough.

There are about 2,800 troops in total.

For many of the furloughed members, it's their second forced time-off this year: They had to take six unpaid days over the summer as a result of the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts.

 

 

From Monday, October 1:

A total of 332 members of New Hampshire's National Guard have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn said 204 Army Guard members and 128 troops from the Air Guard were told to go home until Congress can agree on a spending bill. There are about 2,800 troops in total.

For many of the furloughed members, it's their second forced time-off this year: They had to take six unpaid days over the summer as a result of the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts.

Heilshorn says members are frustrated.

Members have resources such as the Chaplain's Emergency Relief Fund if the shutdown drags on, Heilshorn said. That was started during the first Gulf War.

Heilshorn says the stress level will increase as the shutdown continues.