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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.”
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