Fort Hood soldiers relieved that shutdown averted

By ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood soldiers and others who work at the Texas Army post say they're relieved that they'll get paid -- in full and on time -- since the government shutdown was averted.

Army Pfc. David Jones said Saturday that he'd been worried about how he and his wife -- who's also a soldier -- would have paid their rent. And they also would have been forced to wait to buy a crib, toys and diapers for their first child who's due this fall.

Had a shutdown occurred, military service members would have gotten half a paycheck next week and then not been paid until the standoff was settled.

But Friday's late-night budget deal averted the shutdown -- keeping national parks open preventing furloughs for 800,000 federal workers.