Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The impact of the shutdown is being felt here in the Midlands.
Funding is running dry for thing's such as commissaries that military families rely on for food.
"That causes me to have to do without," said Lennie Frazier, a retired Vietnam-era military veteran.
Frazier was one of many former and active service members Friday afternoon taking advantage of a free membership at Sam's Club near Ft. Jackson.
"Those savings that the veterans and disabled vets - what we entertain at the commissary - we cannot do that," Frazier said.
Frazier said he has a 20-year old son and two young grandchildren that he is financially responsible for, and the shutdown of the commissaries is hitting his wallet hard.
"This right here causes us to have to re-do the budget and figure out what we can do without," Frazier said.
There are also those who have been sent home, or furloughed, and told there's no work.
Erica McGee, a Midlands resident who was visiting the Navy Federal Credit Union in the same shopping plaza as Sam's Club, said her sister, an auditor with the U.S. Navy in Virginia, has been furloughed.
"She has two kids and just got married," McGee said. "I do know it has affected her. But she's been maintaining a positive attitude and I just tell her to stay positive and it'll all come to sorts whenever they get everything figured out, I guess."
For U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Steinkraus, planning ahead was a priority, so he and his wife moved into on-base military housing just days ago, Steinkraus said.
"My wife and I thought if we had a place to stay on post, because they can't evict us, it might be a little tighter on money but we're able to have a place to stay," Steinkraus said.
The last time time the government shutdown was 1995. Members of Congress voted to pay federal workers retroactively.
It is not yet clear if they will follow the same plan for the current shutdown.