Lamborn Seeks Furlough Exemptions for DoD Civilians Affected by Black Forest Fire
Air Force Granted Similar Exemptions to OK Tornado Victims
Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking him to exempt victims of the Black Forest Fire from Department of Defense (DoD) civilian furloughs.
From the letter:
As you are aware, the Colorado Springs community was hit last week by the most destructive wild fire in Colorado’s history. The fire has not yet been fully contained and has destroyed over 500 homes. The Colorado National Guard and active duty military units have made a huge contribution to fighting the fire, both on the ground and from the air. On behalf of my constituents I would like to thank the Department of Defense, NORAD/NORTHCOM, and all the servicemembers who fought to protect the lives and property of Black Forest residents.
While the process of assessing the damage and rebuilding has barely begun, I request your help with any Department of Defense civilians who may be simultaneously facing the loss of their homes and a significant blow to their paychecks due to furloughs. I am aware that the Air Force exempted from furloughs a small number of personnel who were directly affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. I ask that you quickly extend similar exemptions to any Department of Defense civilian employees who were significantly and directly impacted by the Black Forest Fire.
Black Forest and the Colorado Springs community have already shown our strength in responding to this fire. We will rebuild. I ask for your direct action to help avoid any unnecessary additional pain and financial hardship for Defense Department civilians who may have been affected by this fire.
To view a PDF of the letter, click here.