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      Southwest Georgia already seeing the effects of sequestration

      As of Friday, the $85 billion in federal cuts has began in the sequestration process. Of those cuts, the roughly $1.4 billion will come from the Marine Corps during the 2013 fiscal year.In a Saturday letter to all marines, Commandant of the Marine Corps James F. Amos expressed his concerns over the loss in budget saying, "As I testified before Congress last month, cuts of this magnitude, due to their timing and methodology, will significantly impact Marine Corps readiness, both short and long term."Southwest Georgians like Hunter Wilson say the cuts could be potentially dangerous if there has to be a decrease in training.Others, like Shanterria Pruitt say Congress should look for other places to cut money from, not those who risk everything for our country.Also affected by the sequestration will be job seekers in Georgia that are currently receiving Extended Unemployment Compensation.Thousands receiving EUC will see a cut in their weekly benefits thanks to a mandatory 10.7% cut to those funds that will go into effect beginning March 31st.Job seekers like Ralph Hunter says it puts more pressure on those let go from their previous jobs to find another, but he looks to his religious faith to keep him strong.James Davis, a veteran and father who has a teaching degree says with his struggle to find a job, he feels the lower and middle class is targeted while they're down.While many are frustrated at the already evident impact of sequestration, more cuts will continue as officials try to hit the $85 billion goal.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!