Expects $900 cut from monthly salary
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Who: Vincent Ackerman, 50
Job status: Expects a furlough

Ackerman has worked for four years as a brigade barracks manager at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He's "preparing for the worst," and expects a furlough to cut his salary by $900 each month.

A military veteran, with a total of 29 years working in defense jobs, Ackerman has also served in three combat tours.

He blames the rise of the anti-government Tea Party movement within the Republican Party for the federal budget cuts. He says Tea Party enthusiasts have made it impossible for Washington leaders to get a fair deal to cut deficits.

"We're going to be very cautious about where we spend our money. I will not spend 1 cent on a Tea-Party owned business," said Ackerman.

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- Last updated March 12 2013 11:00 AM ET