Government closure affecting local household budgets

Sharon family

J.D. and Katie Sharon are joined by their children Emily, 2, and Davis, 10 months. Until J.D. returns to his civilian job at Eglin Air Force Base, Katie's salary will support the family.

PHOTOS BY JILL / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM.

CRESTVIEW — On Oct. 2, former Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce board member Katie Sharon gave her husband, J.D., a "honey-do" list of household chores.

However, J.D. would much rather put his recently earned electrical engineering degree to use at his new Palace Acquire, or PAQ, program job at Eglin Air Force Base.

The program fast-tracks recent college graduates into engineering careers in the Defense Department, and will cover J.D.'s master's degree studies.

But due to the federal government shutdown, J.D., as one of PAQ's newest engineers, was also one of the first to be furloughed. He now wonders if he should have left his previous job with Microsystems.

"I left a good job to take this job," J.D. Sharon said. "It was a very enticing position to get. It sounded very, very good, until you come up against the budget shutdown."

Katie's job as a vice president at Coastal Bank will cover the family's financial needs until J.D. is called back to work, the Sharons said.

"But there are lots of single-parent families affected by this (shutdown) that don't have that extra income," J.D. said.

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