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Consequences of the Budget Battle at U.S. Miltary Bases

NMaj. Ryan Burke scans the nearly empty shelves in the meat section at the Fort Carson Commissary in Colorado Springs, Colo. The commissary was busier than normal with news that it will close until further notice because of the government shutdown.

Effects of the Budget Battle on Military Towns

In military towns across the U.S., the political battles in the nation's capital are directly affecting the bottom line as military contractors and other small business brace for the worst — already forced to cope with mandatory budget cuts and promised reductions in the size of the nation's armed forces.

Now they're taking another blow, this time from the budget battle in Washington.