A handmade sign on Paul Nelson's boat says he has to sell it because of the federal government shutdown.
The Clovis man's sign is posted on the side of his Cobalt motor boat, which faces a busy intersection kitty-corner from Clovis High School. It's Nelson's way of trying to raise extra money if the shutdown extends into November.
As the shutdown continues, thousands of central San Joaquin Valley federal workers and others who rely on federal programs are not getting pay or benefits from the government.
Nelson, 60, is an Army veteran who relies on veterans benefits for income. And for 30 years, his wife Peggy has worked for the Internal Revenue Service.
"This is really a hardship on our family," he said while standing in front of his pickup, complete with a gun rack and a rifle resting across it.
Nelson is disgusted with Washington, D.C.
"Congress gets paid and we get squat," he said. "If the government was shut down, why is anyone getting paid?"
Nelson said he and his wife can get through the first month of the shutdown, but after that he is not so sure. Employees at IRS, he said, were told to prepare for a six-week hiatus.
"It's all in the air, nobody knows what's going to happen," he said. "You just have to cut back on everything, but they don't care about your expenses."
Tracy Vasquez and her husband, Kevin Smart, of Fresno, are trying to keep up with their bills, too.
The IRS tax examiners have made special arrangements with their landlord, but they are not sure how long their finances can withstand the furlough.
"It's still just the worry stage," she said. "We keep our bills paid but when both money earners are federal workers, we realize there won't be any more money coming in for the next couple of weeks."
She said arrangements they made with Pacific Gas & Electric will allow them to get 60 days past due on their electric bill.
But her worry grows with each passing day.
"There are good days and bad days for both of us," she said. "The first couple of days I was paralyzed about what we are going to do."
If they must, Vasquez and Smart will ask family members for financial help.
Vasquez wants to return to work in the IRS collections department. She said she worries about her customers because the shutdown sets them back, too.
"I can't go in and help them," she said.
Local veterans also are anxious about the shutdown. Phone calls at the American Legion post in Fresno have doubled from veterans trying to learn which services are available.
The Veterans Administration hospital in central Fresno remains open and veterans can make appointments for medical services, said J.D. Bennett, vice commander for American Legion Federal Post 509 in Fresno.
But Bennett said veterans trying to get home loans may find it difficult.
American Legion help
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