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Furloughed workers pinching pennies, volunteering
FILE Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. The Wisconsin veteran hasn’t let the federal shutdown shut Her down. Threat returned from active duty in Afghanistan in July. Since then, she’s been in the Army Reserve and working as a civilian at Fort McCoy in central Wisconsin _ until last week when she was furloughed. Rather than sitting around, Threat decided to volunteer for a veteran patrol for the Chicago Public Schools “safe passage” program. As part of the effort to keep students safe while traveling to school, the veteran branch of the program is coordinated by the group No Veteran Left Behind. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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