Furloughs begin at Fort Bragg


Some military families and workers at the Womack medical facilities are already feeling the effects and are bracing for the financial impact.

"Who knows what will happen? With two boys who knows what will happen," asked Army wife Amber Ficklin.

Ficklin is hoping for a non-eventful summer when it comes to her two little ones. She is already seeing the effects of sequestration on Fort Bragg medical facilities where the civilian furlough workforce will be furloughed once a week beginning this week.

"It's just taking longer to schedule appointments because they're just having to check everybody's schedule to make sure," said Ficklin. "So, I'm getting scheduled with people who aren't even our providers."

"Something is better than nothing right," asked Omi Simpson, a furloughed Fort Bragg employee.

It's the glass half-full attitude those furloughed civilian workers are trying to maintain as they brace for a 20 percent pay cut between now and Sept. 30, but it's not easy.

"We have poor people out here, c'mon," said Simpson, "and they're taking money away from us."

Simpson, a Fort Bragg dental clinic employee, is prepping to tighten the purse strings.

"Probably I won't do my nails anymore, probably we don't go and do our hair that much anymore," said Simpson. "We're probably not going to eat out that much anymore. We have to save our money because we live off our money. If we don't have it, we cannot spend it."

Once money is saved through furloughs and other cuts, Simpson hopes the federal dollars start making more sense.

"So that we can finish with this," she said.

There may still be some questions about which services are affected and which are not and about which days they are closing -- most are on Fridays, but not all.

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