Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn sent an appeal to the Department of Defense today: exempt any civilian worker affected by the Black Forest fire from the federal furloughs.
Lamborn sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, noting that the Air Force granted exemptions to workers who lost homes in the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma.
“While the process of assessing the damage and rebuilding has barely begun, I request your help with any Department of Defense civilians who may be simultaneously facing the loss of their home and a significant blow to their paychecks due to furloughs,” the letter said. “I am aware that the Air Force exempted from furloughs a small number of personnel who were directly affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. I ask you quickly extend similar exemption to any Department of Defense civilian employees who were significantly and directly impacted by the Black Forest fire.”
Lamborn also thanked the Defense Department for allowing military personnel to fight the fire that’s burned more than 500 homes and killed two people in Black Forest.
“The Colorado National Guard and active duty military units have made a huge contribution to fighting the fire, both on the ground and from the air,” the letter said. “On behalf of my constituents, I would like to thank the Department of Defense, NORAD/NORTHCOM and all the service members who fought to protect the lives and property of Black Forest residents.”