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Soldiers, sailors, airmen or marines will be paid during a shutdown—but only half of civilian defense workers are supposed to show up for work, meaning the rest do not get paid.

That’s just one of many hardships facing military families. Another is figuring out just what is open, and what is closed. Pentagon lawyers are still tinkering with funds and legal interpretations to figure out what services they can offer.

Read more at http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/01/228196799/how-the-shutdown-is-affecting-the-military.

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