Nearly $3 Million in Guard Wages Lost Due to Shutdown
The Arkansas National Guard released a look at the current impact the federal government shutdown is taking on members Friday (Oct. 4).
Furloughed dual-status military technicians (Guardsmen) – 738
Furloughed state employees – 294
Total furloughed – 1032
Furlough impact per week – $839,560 in lost wages.
The drill weekend training slated for the first weekend of October was also cancelled resulting in millions of lost wages.
Army National Guard per month drill impact – $2.2 million in lost wages.
Air National Guard per month drill impact – $783,400 in lost wages.
Total per month drill impact – $2,983,400 in lost wages.
The effects are felt by members across the state.
“Guardsmen live in every county in Arkansas; no corner of the state is untouched by the impact on the Guard,” said Major Matt Snead, Arkansas National Guard State Public Affairs Officer. “Guardsmen are not only Soldiers and Airmen; they are Arkansans, too.“
Since September 11, 2001, the Arkansas National Guard has deployed over 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as responding to more than 300 emergencies in the United States.