Government shutdown puts soldier's emergency homecoming on hold
The federal government shutdown is hitting home for a Mooresville family.
Their soldier's homecoming is on hold.
Even though his relatives say he needs to get home for a family emergency, the government shutdown means he's stuck overseas.
Time has become precious for Private Kyle Brown and his grandfather, Jimmie.
"I'm just hoping that he can hang on a while longer," said Kyle's cousin, Michelle Brown. "Jimmie told him, 'I've been trying to hang on until you come home', but he's not sure if he's gonna last."
Jimmie Brown has stage four cancer. Doctors gave him six months to live six months ago.
Kyle, who's serving in South Korea, had scheduled military leave to be with his grandpa in early October.
He was even counting down the days on Facebook with his family. But that homecoming has been delayed.
His leave from the Army was canceled when the federal government shut down.
"He's just stuck there until government goes back to work, until they open back up. Each day that they're shut down, that's another day that we're on borrowed time," Brown said.
Without a deal in Washington, D.C. soon, Michelle says not only Kyle, but many soldiers serving with him, are stuck too.
"Everyone that is there with him, all of their flights have been canceled," Brown said.
For those servicemen and women, the growing political impasse has become very personal.
The consequences for the Brown family are literally life and death.
"My message to the politicians is I want this to stop," Brown said. "Come to a decision so that you know, our family can have everyone together you know. We're on borrowed time. Each day is critical. As long as their shut down, he can't leave."
The Browns plan to contact congressmen and plead for an end to the shutdown.
They say that's the only way to get their loved one home to see his grandfather one last time.