Local civilian military workers worry about sequestration

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

James Blount is worried about his family’s future.

Last week the Department of Defense announced its intention to make civilian employees take unpaid leave if Congress doesn’t avert the some $85 billion in budget cuts set to take effect by the end of the week.

For Blount, a civilian carpenter at Eglin Air Force Base, that could mean he won’t be able to pay his bills. The 32-year-old is the primary earner for his wife and toddler.

“This is the only check for my family,” Blount said. “This is not only going to affect my job, but my future — probably for a long time.”

He said he already has contacted his mortgage company and credit lenders to try to get payments lowered to brace for the possible loss of income.

Even so, he knows he likely won’t be able to make all the scheduled payments.

“You’ve got to feed the child first before you pay the other bills, so that’s where the money is going to be going,” he said. “We will probably be in a lot of debt trouble. My credit is going to go to nothing.”

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