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LAS VEGAS -- The nation's military members are keeping a close eye on what's happening in Washington. If the government is shut down, the military will still have to report for duty, but their pay will be either stopped or delayed until a spending bill is passed.

On base or fighting on the front lines, their biggest fear is becoming their finances.

"We're paying a landlord rent right now. We don't actually own this home, thank goodness, because we might have to foreclose. Some might have to foreclose in the near future because of this situation," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Banfield.

A government shutdown means a stop in pay. But others have it worse -- especially those with a spouse serving overseas.

"It is not a safe situation for them and you want to make sure they come home safely. On top of that, to worry about how am I going to buy formula, how am I going to buy diapers if I don't get paid this month," said Shannon Banfield.

Navy reservist and UNLV student Leo Paulo says his pay will also stop, leaving him struggling to pay his tuition. He may have to get a job. As a result, he says his grades will suffer.

"I'm definitely worried because I rely on that money so much," he said.

The group Veterans in Politics is firmly against any deduction of military pay or benefits.

"It is a complete slap in the face," he said. "These military families are pretty much living paycheck to paycheck."

As for Staff Sgt. Banfield, spending time with his son eases his mind. He's hopeful the government will get into gear.

Military members, especially younger families, are already giving their landlords a heads up that their rent may be late. They are also worried that their credit scores may be affected, which could hurt their security clearances at work.

The next pay day is April 15. After that, there won't be a check if the shutdown continues.

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