Local military families braces for impact of government shutdown

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Thousands of military families in the tri-state who depend on federal wages to support their households, may have to wait indefinitely to get paid.

The government shutdown would impact military families like Connie Cassini's son and daughter-in-law. Her son, Lance Corporal Bob Cassini of Hamilton, was deployed to Afghanistan in August.

"My son's best friend lost his arm,  and they're not going to get paid?," Cassini said.

Cassini says she's can't understand how the government could delay pay to solders like her son, who are risking their lives for their country.

"I know there's a lot that the government has to work out but I question their priorities," Cassini said.

Cassini's son Bob helps support his wife and son, and she worries about the long-term impact if the shutdown lasts longer than expected.
"If the money is not coming in, it's expensive for families to move, and they need that paycheck coming in," Cassini said.
David Sutherlin of the Miami University Student Veteran's Association says while troops would be reimbursed, the financial burden placed on soldiers and their families is the last thing they should have to worry about.  
"If politics plays a part in causing these people to miss out on the benefits that they deserve, it could be very unfortunate," Sutherlin said.
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