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Furloughed Civilian Employees Back To Work On Fort Hood

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After nearly a week of mandatory furloughs due to the government shutdown, almost all civilian employees on Fort Hood have returned to work.

This comes after President Obama signed into law a military act aimed at getting civilian personnel back to work.

According to a Fort Hood spokesman, all divisions on post with the exception of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center are fully operational once again after last week's government shutdown forced many workers to take mandatory emergency leave.

In a tweet posted on Fort Hood's web site, both of the major commissaries on post will be reopened this week starting with the Warrior Way commissary, which opened Monday. The Clear Creek commissary is set to reopen Tuesday.

Now that those stores are set for business once again, those who live on post once again have access to the services they so heavily rely upon.

"A lot of them don't have transportation to go the places that are way away," former Fort Hood commissary control chief Roger Vierse said. "They need a place that's close to them so that they can get their food for their families, and I can understand that everybody is happy about seeing it open again."

According to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the U.S. Defense Department worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to bring back those civilian workers who were not allowed to come into work when the government shutdown went into affect on October 1.

It's still unknown at this time whether those workers who were placed on mandatory furloughs will receive any back pay for the time they were forced to take off.

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