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The California National Guard helps out in domestic public emergencies, but officials say that furloughs will cut in their preparedness.
Today, sequestration hits home for the Defense Department - and it hits hard.
Furloughs start for 650 thousand of the department's employees.
From now until the end of the fiscal year - about three months - these workers have to take an unpaid day off each week.
Those affected include the National Guard members who respond to public emergencies in each state.
Guest: California National Guard spokesman Captain William Martin