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Possible military cuts may hurt local families


Military families in the ArkLaTex are patiently waiting for Congress to make a decision on possible budget cuts that could take decrease military pay raises in the future.

"I'll be honest the pay isn't that good," says Desire' Sawyer.

Sawyer's husband, Staff Sergeant Charles Sawyer, has served in the Air Force for five years. She says he makes around $29,000 a year, and with four kids the family lives on a strict budget.

"I'm such a bargain shopper," says Sawyer.

If Congress does not agree on budget cuts then automatic spending cuts of about $1.2 trillion will go into effect, and 50% of those cuts will come from the military.

With sequestration, military families would see a 1% pay raise instead of the usually 1.7%.

"Actually have a decent life, not just getting by paycheck to paycheck but that is what we find ourselves doing," says Sawyer.

Sawyer says when her husband was deployed in September she was 6 weeks pregnant, and quit her job to take care of their other kids.

"We've gotten to that point where we have tried to apply for food stamps but we were denied because they said we made too much money," says Sawyer.

The deadline for Congress to make a decision is March 1st.

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