When Raymond Wyrick loses his job next week, he will be among the first casualties of the $85 billion federal budget cuts that hit March 1.
As Washington continues to wrangle over the cuts, Wyrick is one of 414 workers in Texarkana, Texas, who are preparing to join the unemployment rolls.
The Red River Army Depot, where Wyrick and his fellow workers refurbish military vehicles, stands to lose $600 million from its budget starting this Friday.
A Humvee mechanic, 38-year-old Wyrick has worked at the depot for five years and makes about $47,000 a year. He worries about what it will mean for his family of three.
"I don't know how we're going to make it," said Wyrick, whose last day at work is March 9.
The depot is cutting 10% of its workforce of 4,000. The layoffs started on Feb 23. The rest of the employees will face furloughs, according to Cebron O'Bier, president of the union at the depot.
"Right now, the morale is way down. People are going into a panic, they don't know what they're going to do," Wyrick said.