Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the findings of a DOD Strategic Choices and Management Review that built three potential budget scenarios to reduce defense spending by $150 billion, $250 billion and $500 billion over the next 10 years. All three budget reductions would be on top of a $487 billion cut in defense spending that was mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
With only eight weeks left in the current fiscal year and no budget deal in sight, we urge you to contact your members of Congress and demand they pass a budget agreement when they get back to Washington.
The stakes could not be higher.
An uncertain budget climate:
Hurts the troops and their families.
Tells our enemies that America's political leadership can't get its priorities straight.
Along with smaller military pay raises and reduced allowances are plans to shrink the active Army to as low as 380,000 soldiers and the Marine Corps to as low as 150,000. Other budget-cutting options noted included reducing the number of carrier battle groups from 11 to eight, and retiring aging Air Force bombers and other aircraft. All of this could have been avoided had Congress just done its job and passed a budget agreement!
Contact your legislators today! Demand that they pass a budget agreement as soon as they return to Washington in September. Tell them their partisan failure to reach a budget agreement weakens the country, impacts readiness, and hurts our troops and their families. Tell them it is the responsibility of our nation's leadership to work together to replace the mindless and irresponsible policy of sequestration. It is unworthy of the service and sacrifice of our nation's men and women in uniform and their families.
Life Member VFW NY Post 53 American Cold War Veterans, Inc.