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Continued: Vets, military find ways to cope while shut out by shutdown

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 11, 2013 - 5:06 AM

For mem­bers of the Min­ne­so­ta National Guard, it has meant the can­cel­la­tion of drills for a se­cond straight week­end. With few exceptions, none of its 14,000 mem­bers will drill a­gain un­til the shut­down is re­solved. While no one is claim­ing the se­curi­ty of the state — or the na­tion — is at stake, on a typi­cal month, the Min­ne­so­ta Guard pays its mem­bers $5.25 mil­lion. That’s mon­ey that won’t be forth­com­ing.

The month­ly sti­pends of­ten mean mak­ing ends meet.

“Even at just an E-1’s [pri­vate’s] pay, that’s $150 to$200 a month they are miss­ing,” one Guard mem­ber wrote on a Guard Twit­ter feed an­noun­cing the lat­est drill can­cel­la­tion. “No­vem­ber’s rent for my fiancé and I will be hard to come up with.”


Mark Bruns­wick • 612-673-4434

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