BRAC causing locals to lose jobs?

September 17, 2010 9:10:38 PM PDT
There has been a lot of information about the new jobs coming to Fort Bragg because of the base re-alignment plan, also known as BRAC.However, ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned about another side of the story -- nearly 30 disabled people are getting laid off, because of BRAC.

One of those people, Jennifer Scull, says she is heartbroken over losing her job.

"I don't know I can't come up with nothing else right now I just want to keep working there," she said.

Scull is a dishwasher at a dining facility on Pope Air Base -- to her it's more than just a job.

"It makes me feel good that I can do whatever needs to be done, to keep the dishes washed an all that I just like to get out and work," she said.

The new dining hall replaced an older one where for year's commanders served the troops a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Earlier this month, Scull and 28 other disabled workers at the dining facility were told they were being laid off at the end of this month, when a new Army food contractor takes over the facility.

The 29 workers were employed through a Fayetteville agency, Employment Source.

The agency's director was unavailable to talk to ABC1, but a Fort Bragg spokesman says the Army is aware of the situation and is strongly encouraging the new food contractor to re-hire as many of the disabled workers as they can.

But Scull's sister Donna Cannon says there are no guarantees for her sister.

"It's hard to watch someone you love hurt," Cannon said.

Cannon says the Army and state leaders need to make sure disabled workers like Scull don't get shut out of BRAC's prosperity.

"The pride that she gets out of it is if so helpful to all of her being. You can't put a price on that you know we all need to be know we are needed," Scull said.

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