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All Clay National Guard Center employees to receive back pay after government shutdown

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The government shutdown affected employees at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta. Last week, 223 state employees learned they would not receive back pay for the time they were furloughed. Roughly 2,000 people here were furloughed.

Many worried about how they would pay the bills, but that all changed Thursday afternoon.

There are more than 200 employees like Michelle Doyle, part of the administrative staff at the Clay National Guard Center. She's a master planner.

"I'm interacting with units and soldiers, trying to find out where some of their shortfalls are in facilities," Doyle said.

Doyle was told to go home during the government shutdown. She enjoyed the extra time with family, but then reality set in.

"I had to start focusing on how am I going to pay my mortgage and pay my powerful bill, and what am I going to do about my kids school," Doyle said.

The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, was concerned too.

"They're logistical support and really they're the backbone of our team. Our folks are no different than anybody else. Our team, while it might not be ideal, the reality is, our team relies paycheck to paycheck. We were very, very concerned that our team is taken care of and we've continued to advocate and the Governor's office has as well," Butterworth said.

It worked. After learning last week those administrative employees would be the only people to not receive back pay, the state's Attorney General reviewed the legislation that precluded them from getting it and reversed the decision.

"The state gratuity clause that restricts payment and reimbursement does not apply in this situation," Butterworth said.

That provided a huge sigh of relief for Doyle.

"We are actually going to get paid, for that we're thrilled to hear that," Doyle said.

During this time, the Family Support Foundation, a non-profit which aids the National Guard, offered grants to help get families through. Sixteen of the administrative employees applied and 16 received grants totaling just over $17,000. 

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