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View Diary: Sequestration Circle Jerk Leads to Broken Promises to Military Servicemembers and Vets (14 comments)

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  •  Typical (0+ / 0-)

    You're both looking at this through those blinders without much thought!!

    We still have, and are sending the military into, a combat theater that while being relatively quiet as to the combat operations could blow at anytime as the weather is shifting once again in Afghanistan. For most the last thing on their minds in the Pentagon, certainly there are some who do the industries bidding for cushy jobs after retirement, are ongoing defense contracts and certainly proposals of new coming or being looked at. They'll cut, as I say below, anywhere funding can be without taking away from force ready possible needs, like Afghanistan which isn't only possible but probable as the drawdown continues especially, also needing funding to actually accomplish that!

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

    by jimstaro on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:36:59 AM PST

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    •  OK. But last time I looked, personnel in the (1+ / 0-)
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      aggregate is still the costliest "item" in the military's overall budget (all aspects of arming, feeding, clothing, health care, etc.). The primary foci here was individual, i.e., the contractual nature of the relationship between individual and agency. Any cuts to personnel-related programs affects morale, future enlistments and reenlistments (for those conflicts you're talking about), basic cultural values and norms that contribute to an individual's decision to serve his/her country. This translates into readiness. In a broader sense, too, the populace tends (or at least is tending) to support serving military and veterans, so these cuts to personnel (current and former service) are also a potential tinderbox that will facilitate generating pressure on legislators to stop the gamesmanship. Also, I don't like it being stated that I operate without "much thought." I get to give education of servicemembers and vets daily thought because I've been assisting individuals in their pursuits for about eight years. I agree with you that issues related to cuts are more complicated than a paragraph post online can represent. That's why it was a paragraph and focused on TA.  

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:49:57 AM PST

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