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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Partial government shutdown to hurt FLW community

  • Americans across the country are facing the effects of the partial government shutdown. For the Waynesville- St. Robert area — where Fort Leonard Wood dominates the economy as a leading employer — the effects are much greater compared to other areas.
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  • Americans across the country are facing the effects of the partial government shutdown. For the Waynesville- St. Robert area — where Fort Leonard Wood dominates the economy as a leading employer — the effects are much greater compared to other areas.
    Despite the military still getting paid thanks to a last-minute bill, the Department of Defense civilian workforce is taking a huge slash.
    According to Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs, there are approximately 9,000 civilian workers employed on post.
    PAO said they did not know how many of those civilians will be furloughed. However, nationally half of DoD civilians will be furloughed due to the government shutdown. It could be estimated that approximately 4,500 civilian workers will be furloughed, leaving quite an impact on the local economy.
    Local business owner Cat Spencer of Blood Brothers Ink said he is preparing for his business to take a hit due to the furloughs.
    "As a local business owner, I'm quite sure that the furloughs will affect my business," he said. "I have clientele who have been recovering from this past Summer's furloughs who probably won't be in to patronize my business for a while longer, now."
    Spencer said the government's shutdown is hurting more than just the civilians who are furloughed.
    "The Government shutdown reaches far beyond those directly affected, the waves this causes ripple out into the entire local business community," he said. "I'm sure that applies to Military bases throughout the country."
    Several organizations and businesses on post will be shut down, including the Commissary.
    Fort Leonard Wood PAO said the Fort Leonard Wood Commissary is open today, but will be closed for the remainder of the shutdown.
    The General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital on Fort Leonard Wood will continue all inpatient and wounded warrior care activities. All patients will still be able to schedule medical appointments for most outpatient services, and none of the scheduled appointments will be canceled.
    Non-emergent elective medical and dental surgeries will be curtailed during the government shutdown.
    The John B. Mahaffey Complex is closed to the public during the government shutdown. However, graduations scheduled in the museum will still take place in the museum.
    However, all active-duty military will remain on duty and several facilities and organizations will remain open.
    Patrons will have use of MWR facilities, to include the bowling alley, fitness centers, child care facilities, Outdoor Adventure Center, ITR, Piney Valley Golf Course, Pershing Community Center, auto and arts and crafts shops.
    All Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation services, which are funded with non-appropriated funds, will continue despite the government shutdown.
    Exchange facilities on post will remain open.
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