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Many civilians returning to work at Fort Bragg

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Many civilian employees will return to work at Fort Bragg this week.

Defense Department officials say the decision to recall the workers comes after a review of a law passed by Congress and signed by the president to ensure that military personnel are paid.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the law allows the recall of civilian workers if their jobs contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.

That includes employees who work in health care, commissaries and maintenance.

About 7,200 civilians were furloughed at Fort Bragg in the dispute over the federal budget.

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