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Imperial Beach family preparing for deployment during shutdown

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jan 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 02:54:46-05

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) -- A family in Imperial Beach is preparing for a months-long deployment as the government shutdown continues.

Marisol Castillo's husband has been in the Coast Guard for nearly 12 years. The family is worried about what will happen if the shutdown continues for much longer.

"We are living with the stress of not knowing. Are we going to have to deal with this for more than one month, two months, three months, a year? We really don't know," said Castillo.

Castillo is even more concerned given that her husband is leaving overseas for about six months on deployment. The Imperial Beach resident says she doesn't see the shutdown as a political issue anymore and feels her elected officials are failing them.

"For me it's about morals, what is happening to the American people is wrong. It doesn't matter what political party you are on," said Castillo.

Her husband did not want to speak on camera, but he did tell 10News it's tough to focus on his overseas mission while also being concerned about how his wife will be able to handle their finances while he's gone. The family says they do have savings but say the money won't last forever.

The couple also reacted to a tip-sheet posted by the Coast Guard suggesting employees walk dogs or have garage sales to make ends meet. Castillo admits initially, she felt insulted but then realized the agency was only trying to help. That tip-sheet has since been removed.

As of Sunday, the shutdown has lasted 23 days, the longest in U.S. history.