FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) - The clock is still ticking, eight days into the government shutdown, and despite the majority of military civilians going back to work, stress levels are at an all time high.
"The uncertainty is what's causing a lot of the concern," explained Thom Tuckey, Executive Director of the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon. "Because they just don't know what's going to happen next week. If we don't have the budget sorted out, are we looking at another furlough?"
Tuckey said the partial government shutdown has only added to the budget woes plaguing the post after past furloughs and sequestration. Now, he's worried servicemembers and civilians alike won't get paid.
"The Department of Defense is saying yes they should," said Tuckey. "But if there's no money in the coffers, that remains a question as to how they're going to be paid."
Throughout all these issues, Tuckey said, Augusta and the surrounding area has stepped up to bring some relief to impacted DOD workers, and he's not expecting that to stop now.
"If in fact they don't get paid, there's going to be a big push within the community to try to provide some assistance to ensure late payment of bills is not going to result in bad credit ratings and penalties, and turning off utilities," said Tuckey.
And now the CSRA waits as the government shutdown rolls on.