CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Our western Massachusetts military bases are among the many that will feel the impact of the sequester. And businesses near the bases will notice a change, too.
"We have a lot of support here for the military. Displays of the American flag and everything like that," said Hollie Warren who owns Chicopee's Homestyle Café.
It's just one of the reasons people who work at Westover Air Reserve Base have become regulars at Chicopee's Homestyle Cafe. Well that, and the good food.
"There's not a lot of small breakfast places around so if you like this kind of atmosphere this is where you come. That's why we called it homestyle," she said.
But because of the sequester, Hollie might be seeing fewer familiar faces. The massive spending cuts could mean furloughs at Westover -- more than 750 employees would be cut to four days a week. It will hurt their paychecks-- and hurt restaurants and stores near the base.
"It will affect all businesses in this area. We did get a lot more people over the past few years with the Army and Marines and Navy people coming out. My business has thrived a little bit because of that. If they make these cuts it will definitely affect me," Warren added.
But Hollie isn't just reacting as a business owner. As the mother of a military veteran, the sequester hits close to home.
"I'm scared for all military because I don't think it's right making cuts on military because they're the ones protecting our country. To make the cuts they're making, I just don't think it's right," she said.
The Defense Department has also proposed to cut Westover's C-5 cargo plan fleet in half. And it's a similar story at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, where another 250 civilian employees may get their hours reduced.