Military personnel enraged by Pentagon budget cut proposal
POSTED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 3:51pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Local troops and veterans react to a military budget proposal that could cut a $1 billion subsidy. The subsidy was originally meant to keep on-base supermarkets more affordable than private grocers.
Military and veteran families rely on these markets to make ends-meet, many of which are on food stamps already. KETK spoke with Jim Snow from the Military Officer's Association, who said, "I don't know where they get the insanity from". The proposed reductions could cost each military family around $3,000 a year. Other concerns stem from the belief that if all incentives for joining the military disappear, it will become very difficult to recruit new members. Snow said, "Quite frankly in my opinion, what they are doing is slowly but surely dismantling the military force structure".
We reached out to U.S. District Representative, Jeb Hensarling, who was not available for an interview. However, he did release this statement, "As a member of congress, I place the highest priority on our obligation to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the support, care, and resources they need to do their job and carry out their mission. Our debt is unsustainable, and immoral and we cannot continue to ignore it and hope to remain a free and secure nation".