Welcome to the 21st century. No question this time in history will be viewed much like the Great Depression — high employment, increasing homelessness, economic instability; there is a lot of “belt-tightening” and not just at our home fronts. The Department of Defense has been instructed to tighten its belt as well –- the result could be a benefit to veterans, though.
The Pentagon was told to reduce its 10-year budget by another $25 billion to protect Veterans Adminstration health care from spending cuts. Sources from the White House reported that the move was done in an effort to protect VA medical funding from huge cuts in the future.
The Budget Control Act is the source of tension between defense spending and veterans’ benefits. The act caps spending for the Defense Department, State Department, Veterans Administration and Department of Homeland Security. Overall, the cumulative cuts of all spending under the Budget Control Act could be over $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
Wow. A $1 trillion cut will certainly be felt…I knew my family was feeling the effects of the economy when we downgraded our cheese from Tillamook to Kroger brand.
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.