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Published August 02, 2013, 04:50 PM

Devils Lake VFW raising awareness of furloughed military technicians

About 80 military technicians at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake are feeling the crunch of a 20 percent pay cut, part of the federal sequester.

About 80 military technicians at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake are feeling the crunch of a 20 percent pay cut, part of the federal sequester. The Devils Lake VFW chapter is working to help soldiers deal with their hardship.

The VFW hosted a great-depression themed dinner, raising money and awareness for affected soldiers. Military technicians dined on hobo stew for free. Other supporters had to pay, with the money going to help the soldiers. Technicians are being forced to take eleven unpaid days off this summer. The dinner was also to raise awareness for House Resolution 1014, which would exempt military technicians from the furloughs. Congressman Kevin Cramer says he voted for a similar measure last week that would get the soldiers back to work full-time.

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