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Trickle-down effect of shutdown draining families

Adam Wyndham
Posted at 11:23 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 23:23:41-05

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WMAR) — Adam Wyndham started driving for ride sharing apps a few weeks ago.

He put up the Uber and Lyft profiles right around when his checks stopped coming in for his day job he continues to work at despite a hold on paychecks.

“This is really just providing gas money to get to work, providing food for my family, and maybe a couple small bills here and there,” said Wyndham.

During the day he works on air traffic control and landing systems at BWI Airport.

A job he has been doing without pay for weeks.

“The conversations at work have definitely shifted towards how long can you survive without a paycheck."

The trickle-down effect of the political stare down in the nation's capital pouring over his life.

“Everybody’s blaming each other and I’m a person in the middle and I just want to get paid.”

He served in the Air Force for 12 years and works through disabilities he got while serving.

His wife is also picking up shifts driving while their special needs daughter is at daycare.

“My daughter has a condition known as Rett Syndrome. It’s a rare severe disability that causes for a lot of medical needs and support. We had to move here from Alaska so we could have that medical support.”

He loves his job and hasn't considered finding other work—not that he could if he wanted to because the HR personal are furloughed.

“We would not be showing up for work and it would be an excused absence and we’re not resigned officially. You run the risk of being put into AWOL status.”

Mentally and physically drained by the inaction of the leaders of the country he's faithfully served for years.