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Most DOD Civilians Back to Work Monday

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After being closed for nearly a week, employees are stocking the shelves preparing to reopen the commissary at Fort Stewart. After being closed for nearly a week, employees are stocking the shelves preparing to reopen the commissary at Fort Stewart.
FORT STEWART (WTOC) -

It's day six of the partial shutdown and it seems congress is no closer to ending the budget stalemate than before. Some civilian employees, however, were allowed to return to work Monday.

After being closed for nearly a week, employees are stocking the shelves preparing to reopen the commissary at Fort Stewart. 

"It was tough," said Rebecca McGee, one of the commissary employees. "I didn't know how I was going to pay bills. I got two little boys depending on me. It was hard. I know I wasn't going through it alone. I just put my faith in God that he's gonna make everything ok for me."

Rebecca McGee was one of the nearly 1700 civilian employees at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field being furloughed as a result of the government shutdown. Thanks to the recall of several civilian employees, McGee and almost all of the other employees are back to work Monday.

"It's a God send. I'monly thankful that my co-workers and me are back to work. It also affects our contractors as well as everyone because its like a domino effect," said McGee.

With most of the employees back to work,that means the services they provide will go back to their normal hours and operations, a good sign for everyone.

"Truly a good news story from that perspective," explained Brig. Gen. John Hort, Deputy Commanding General for the 3rd ID. "We're excited to have our Department of the Army civilians next to us. They provide the institutional knowledge that we need here at Fort Stewart and up at Hunter Army Airfield."

For the civilian employees, they are glad to be able to support their troops once again.

"I'm glad that we're back, doing what we should be doing which is doing the best we can for our troops. We know they're over there fighting for us so that's what we're doing here for them," said McGee.

The commissary will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 8. As fas as the back pay, the house has passed a bill that would give retroactive pay to the furloughed employees, now the senate has to pass it.

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