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Good ol’ Chuck didn’t even let the ink dry on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which so cleanly and effectively stripped veterans, wounded warriors, retirees, active duty and surviving spouses of their promised COLA. No, Chas moved with with ninja-like timing, announcing on Thursday, December 19, 2013, that more pay and benefit cuts could be imminent.
Also on Thursday, but not so talked about, 5 soldiers from Fort Riley and 1 from Vilseck, Germany, died when their Black Hawk crashed in Afghanistan.
You know, Afghanistan? The war our troops have been fighting for 12 years? The war without end or apparent exit strategy? Not without controversy, some call it “The longest war in our nation’s history, surpassing the conflict in Vietnam.” (Source: ABCNews.com)
For 12 years our troops have fought the enemy. For many servicemembers, multiple combat tours have left them with PTSD and long term medical complications. There have been stories about troops being sent over with incorrect armor – or having to buy their own kevlar. We all know that our fighting men and women are having to do more with less in their unit’s budget. And they do it with honor and distinction.
So why are our leaders now asking them to do more with less in their family’s budget?
Look, no one I know is saying that there aren’t cuts that can – and should – be made. Waste, fraud and abuse is rife in the great military industrial complex. I know this. You know this. The media knows this. Does DoD know this?
This is but a short list of waste producing projects, but arguably the greatest collection of government waste can be found in Senator Coburn‘s (R-Oklahoma) Wastebook. This year’s edition contains 100 examples of bad decision making and horrible waste to a total of roughly $30 billion in loss.
And yet Defense Secretary Hagel is bound and determined to cut pay for our troops. Why must the ones who sacrifice the most be constantly made to sacrifice more? Oddly enough, Mr. Hagel is a combat vet. His bio lists that fact in the very first sentence. “[He is] the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense.” Methinks he needs to reread that bio, for it seems as though he has forgotten from whence he came.
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