Sequestration Must End!
VFW says inadequate military resourcing will cost lives — American lives
July 10, 2015
WASHINGTON — There was nothing shocking about Thursday’s force reduction
announcement by the Army. The Budget Control Act of 2011 had dictated the terms
by which America’s largest military service would incrementally shrink from a
wartime high of 570,000 active-duty soldiers to 450,000. Still to come,
however, is the return of mandatory sequestration in fiscal year 2016, which
would further shrink the active Army to 420,000 soldiers, as well as
drastically slash the operating budgets of all four military services.
is the most significant military readiness and national security threat of the
21st century, and despite almost universal congressional opposition to it, no
member of the House or Senate has yet introduced any legislation to end it,”
said John W. Stroud, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States. “Our military can beat any military in the world, but they can’t
fight a Congress that is essentially forcing them to operate for a decade on
only eight years’ worth of funding.”
the Army’s announced two-year plan to reduce its end strength by 40,000 soldiers
and 17,000 civilians was preordained four years ago, Stroud said what’s
important now is for the new Congress to act.
need both political parties to finally say ‘enough,’ not because a continued
sequester will hurt civilian economies in certain congressional districts, but
because a continued sequester weakens America, worries our allies and emboldens
our enemies,” he said. “Our brave men and women in uniform will continue to
perform and excel at every mission, but overtasking with inadequate resourcing
will cost lives — American lives — which is an impending disaster the VFW will
not allow. Sequestration must end!”
Joe Davis, Director of Public Affairs, VFW Washington Office, email@example.com.
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