The Chuck Hagel led war on the DoD is still going after cost saving measures, mostly on paid for on the backs of Veterans.
The DoD leadership publicly states that cutting the COLA increases for retired and retiring veterans is not the optimum way to save funds, “because it is done solely on the backs of a single group”. And this “little” cut in funding alone is, according to the CBO, going to save the DoD $5.7 billion over the next decade. Well if you think that those in charge of the DoD and Federal Spending are done putting the screws to those who served this Nation…Think again!
But Christine Fox, acting deputy secretary of defense, also noted that changes to compensation such as troops’ pay, health care benefits, and retirement payouts will be needed soon, to keep personnel costs from overwhelming the rest of the military budget.
“We cannot afford to sustain the rate of growth in military compensation that we’ve experienced over the last decade,” she said. “We must find ways to slow it down … if the department is going to maintain the current force.”
Well one thing is for certain, they are not going to maintain the current force as personnel cuts are ongoing as previously reported.
And as I have stated before, to go after funding savings on the backs of our Veterans is unconscionable when there are so many other places in the federal budget rife with wasteful spending. For example why do the children of illegal immigrants (undocumented Democrats for the Marxists out there) get to keep benefits paid by taxpayer dollars but veterans who served the Nation to insure the freedom for all are singled out to make-up budgetary shortfalls? Explain that one again to those who are and have served.
An amendment to the bill was proposed to close a loophole allowing welfare benefits to fraudulently go to illegal aliens by simply asking that a social security number be required for the Additional Child Tax Credit – this would have saved enough money to pay for the cuts. It was blocked by Democrats
What will continued budgetary attacks on Service members ultimately lead to…I on board along with others in the Veteran Community.
Veterans groups have offered similar complaints, and said the move breaks promises made to troops who have made many sacrifices on behalf of their country. Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, called the move “a betrayal” which has hurt morale and compromised recruiting.
And as I have said before….
With more savings like this, the only way this Nation will have a military fighting force is through Conscription. You know…The Draft.
And the War raging against the U.S. Military continues.