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Civilian employees due back at work at Fort McCoy

SPARTA, WI (WTAQ) - About 900 civilian workers are due back at Fort McCoy Tuesday -- including a veteran who spent her furlough as a volunteer to keep Chicago school students safe. 

Staff Sergeant Catherine Threat returned from Afghanistan in July, and went to work as a civilian at the Army base near Sparta. That was until the federal government shutdown a week ago, when she was sent home. 

Instead of sitting around, Threat took part in a patrol by veterans in the Chicago Public Schools' "Safe Passage" program. The group "No Veteran Left Behind" coordinated the effort, helping youngsters stay safe while traveling to school in Chicago. 

Despite the brief tenure, Threat she said hoped her efforts helped. 

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. civilian military personnel were called back to their jobs over the weekend. 

Fort McCoy welcomed some workers back Monday. The rest, like Threat, were due in Tuesday.

About 840 Wisconsin National Guard technicians are also back on the job as the federal shutdown enters its 8th day.