NM guardsmen fear for future despite end of shutdown

Posted at: 10/17/2013 6:54 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Donned in civilian clothing and red ball caps, furloughed members of New Mexico’s Air National Guard volunteered to help homeless veterans in downtown Albuquerque on Thursday.

Although the partial government shutdown is over, they question what their future holds.

“I was relieved, extremely relieved.  It's a huge weight off of my shoulders.  Now, I'm just hoping that in January we don't go through this again,” Master Sergeant Renee Oswald said.

Despite her frustration, she appreciated the fact that her sacrifice could be much worse.

“When you come here and you see stuff like this, I mean this is a humbling experience.  So, I mean there are people who are way worse off than I am.  I'm thankful that I have a roof over my head and food on the table,” Oswald said.

Typically, she said the guardsmen would supply tents, lighting and power at the annual veteran ‘stand down’ event which was held at Noon Day Ministries.