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    snoopydawg, VetSpouse1988

    End the wars and bring the troops home -- NOW. Savings: Instead of paying combat pay (non-taxable) and the costs of horrific injuries, PTSD, etc. etc., we would be paying regular salaries. Then add the savings from not flying people and equipment back and forth to the other side of the world, trucking in petroleum to run them, blowing stuff up, etc. etc.

    Then gradually reduce the number of troops, by attrition and fewer enlistments, because we're no longer sending them off to get blown up or blow other people up. Spend some money upfront helping them transition to civilian jobs and communities, with thanks for honorable service. But get them off the federal payroll.

    I don't know enough about the military to know this, but I suspect you could also cut the number of top brass sitting at desks at the Pentagon, and aides and service staff for them. I wouldn't mind if those people (the ones with large salaries and cushy benefits) got a smaller COLA.

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