Back pay not certain for guardsmen affected by shutdown

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - UPDATE: 01/23/18 9 A.M.

As government agencies get back to normal following a a three-day shutdown, some who were forced to miss work are wondering if they'll be paid.

Nearly 1,000 members of the West Virginia Air National Guard were forced to miss work during the shutdown, and it's unclear whether they'll receive back pay.

Adjutant General James Hoyer says the people being sent home were a combination of active-duty guardsmen and civilian technicians.

He says the shutdown impacted the readiness and training for protection of the United States.

During the 2013 shutdown, Congress left back pay up to each federal agency, and the National Guard didn't have the money to make the retroactive payment.

Hoyer knows firsthand the struggles guardsmen face. because his son is among those deployed.

"Some of these folks rely on their checks to pay their bills for their family, so my son's OK, but it gets pretty personal when I got to send a message back saying 'I don't know.'


ORIGINAL STORY: 01/22/18

Nearly 1,000 members of the West Virginia Air National Guard have been sent home in the aftermath of the government shutdown.

Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer made the announcement Monday in Charleston.

Gen. Hoyer says the people being sent home is a combination of active duty guardsmen and civilian technicians.

"What they need to do is figure out whatever they need to do to quit blaming each other, work together and do what's in the best interest of the people," Gen Hoyer said about the inability in Washington to come to an agreement on a budget.

According to Gen. Hoyer, this impacts the readiness and training for protection for the homeland.