Sequester may affect military benefits

Tuesday , March 12, 2013 - 1:46 PM

Gary Ross

Editor,

I’m gravely disappointed in Congress’ failure to find an alternative to the March 2013 sequester. Furthermore, I’m deeply concerned with its impact on the total Force and the security of the United States of America.

Military unit readiness will steadily decline as key wartime training is cancelled and air, space, and cyber systems maintenance is deferred. Thousands of DoD employees including Guard and Reserve technicians will be furloughed and active duty airmen could lose their jobs. Military quality-of-life programs will be affected as commissaries close on Wednesdays; tuition assistance programs are curtailed; children’s education via the DoD schools system is impaired; and eventually there is a reduction in services under Tricare.

In the end, our “all volunteer force” will be required to carry twice the burden of these cuts as compared to other federal programs. In my opinion, our government is asking those currently serving and veterans of the past to accept a renegotiation of their service contract, as Congress attempts to balance the country’s budget on the backs of those who served.

Time remains for Congress to find a solution to end the terrible effects of a sequestration and ensure the nation’s ability to defend itself. I urge you to do everything in your power to make this happen!

Gary Ross

Layton



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