Nightly News   |  October 11, 2013

Americans describe how shutdown impacts their lives

From a college student, to a furloughed worker, to fishing guide, the government shutdown has created difficulties for people from all walks of life. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> now to the broad impact of this ongoing government shutdown as we head into yet another weekend. our new nbc news wall street journal poll, as we mentioned, found almost one in three americans say this has had a direct impact on their lives. beyond the growing outrage, the frustration out there, some just don't have time to wait for this to drag on much longer. we have two reports tonight beginning with nbc 's andrea mitchell .

>> good evening, brian. the impact of the shutdown, 11 days in, is widespread as you point out. for some it's a matter of life and death . for 17-year-old austin trou trowbridge the shutdown is denying him a lifeline, a bone marrow transplant to slow the progression of a rare genetic disorder .

>> it was upsetting to hear. it's a lot less risky to have the procedure done earlier rather than later.

>> reporter: the disorder claimed the life of his brother eric five years ago. for 800,000 furloughed workers across the country the shutdown hit ep home today. like capital grounds arborist matthew barber whose paycheck was cut in half. his next check will be zero.

>> pretty much exactly half of what i would normally be expecting if the government hadn't been shut down.

>> reporter: in chicago, duane reed can't get paperwork he needs to apply to college.

>> tryi ing to go to college and i can't get the tax transcripts i need because the irs is shut down.

>> reporter: accident investigations are on hold. for fishing guides in the ever gs glades closed by the shutdown it isn't life or death but their livelihood.

>> the park closed means we can't go fishing, can't make money.

>> reporter: the government is allowing national parks in utah, colorado, arizona to re-open if the states pick up the tab. there is no short-term fix for disabled veterans like paul conway who count on the government payment.

>> if it wasn't for the check we'd lose everything.

>> they are there for the vets but when it comes to it they leave us high and dry .

>> reporter: we told you about abby mccurtain in desperate need of a drug trial for her rare disorder. her mom posted nih staff responded to her e-mails though they weren't supposed to. abby and other children are still waiting and hoping. andrea mitchell , nbc news, washington.