News of a possible partial government shutdown has been very scary for the residents near Fort Campbell. Lawmakers say if Congress doesn't reach a spending deal by Sept. 30, soldiers will not receive paychecks starting in mid-October.
While that money will eventually be paid in IOUs, family members in downtown Clarksville Tuesday said not getting paychecks on time is a big problem.
"These soldiers protect this country," said Chris Glover, of Clarksville. "They're the reason we have the freedom we have today. It's because of our Armed Forces. The fact they risk not getting paid after the work they do, it's not fair to them."
"During this time it takes to make the decision, there are bills that are going to be due," added Jasmine Katchen, of Clarksville. "You can't just tell the electric department, 'Hey, I got an IOU. Here's your IOU.' It could effect the person's credit."
"I understand that the economy's bad, but that's not our fault," said Andrew Hakes, of Clarksville. "That's the government's fault."
While families wait to hear what will happen to their paychecks, the United Services Automobile Association is recommending a five-step plan for military families to be prepared. They're recommending soldiers develop a spending plan on a well thought-out budget, reduce expenses, build up savings now before the possible shutdown, hold off on large purchases and ensure access to available credit in the event cash runs out.
According to the families in downtown Clarksville Tuesday, they're hoping the situation doesn't come to that.
"The integrity you expect out of the military is the same you need to instill when you agree to pay someone, and you agree to certain terms," said Katchen. "It's kind of like dishonoring a contract."
Officials with USAA add they are prepared to offer a zero interest pay roll advance loan to affected military members. Those soldiers must have an existing direct deposit at USAA and be affected by the government shutdown to apply.
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