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Local veteran flies flag upside down during shutdown

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It's day 3 of the government shut down and already, millions of Americans are feeling the impact.

For many, speaking out against decisions of our nation's leaders is a way to deal with the reality. For others, actions are speaking louder than words.

Just outside of her home, disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kathryn Huffer, 25, has her American flag flying upside down, not out of disrespect. Like many Americans, she served our country and says it is in a time of distress so this is her way of speaking out.

Serving five years as a Marine, Huffer is receiving disability income. Like millions, this government shutdown has her concerned.

"It hurts, and it's heartbreaking to know that what we did, paying our dues for this country, they're just taking away more and more from us. There are other military members living off of income and benefits. Within the next 2-3 weeks, that income is not going to be coming in. People will have to come up with student loans if they can get them," Kathryn Huffer said.

She even has to cut back on daycare for her four year old son Brayden.

"If the checks stop coming, that's your car payment that won't be made this month. The food you can't afford to buy. It's everything. Are parents going to have to pull their children out of daycare because they can't afford," Huffer said.

Her siblings, out east, are both members of the U.S. Navy with futures in question because of this shutdown.

"They're going without a paycheck now because he was furloughed. My sister and her family will soon be affected with their income. It could seize within a few weeks, maybe sooner, nobody knows and it's not fair," she said.

For now, with her flag flying upside down, it's about waiting... and hoping.

"It's nice to know people feel the same. I haven't had any negative comments. To me, the flag represents 'United We Stand'. The American people are pushing aside their political beliefs. They want to see Congress come to some kind of resolution," Huffer said.

She has plans to head back to school in the Spring to study nursing. She will keep her flag flying upside down until the government is back up and running.

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