Oct 17, 2013 3:59 PM by Maddie Garrett
Thousands of local federal employees are back on the job as of Thursday, and now getting paid for their work after 16 days off or delayed paychecks. While many said they're glad to be back, frustration still lingers over the shutdown and the temporary deal reached Wednesday night.
"Until you actually live through it, you really don't know what to expect. And even when you do, you really don't know what to expect even now. Kicking the can down the road is not the way to do things," said Fort Carson civilian employee Christopher Graham.
Graham said he's worried about the next budget deadline fast approaching in January. He's already preparing, trying to scrimp and save where he can.
For Graham, the shutdown was no vacation, in fact he's still waiting on that paycheck. He said his regular bills, on top of his daughter's medical bills, are stacking up.
"I didn't look at it as a paid vacation," he said. "Just try worrying about how you're going to get food on the table, how you going to pay your medical bills or your rent on your house or your mortgage."
There's be no official word yet on when furloughed workers, or those who were working without pay, will receive back pay for the shutdown.