...is the title to an article in last week's Army Times. It looks like the rank and file in the military is not as smitten with GWB as he might have us believe.
Since it's Veteran's Day, it's important to remember that it is the regular soldier who is defending our country.
Where is the logic in our government cutting benefits to soldiers and their families at a time when we need them most?
Some of the article is below, and the entire article can be found in the link attached.
"An act of ‘betrayal’
In the midst of war, key family benefits face cuts
By Karen Jowers
Times staff writer
Commissaries and the Defense Department’s stateside schools are in the crosshairs of Pentagon budget cutters, and military advocates, families and even base commanders are up in arms.
Defense officials notified the services in mid-October that they intend to close 19 commissaries and may close 19 more, mostly in remote areas.
At the same time, the Pentagon is finishing a study to determine whether to close or transfer control of the 58 schools it operates on 14 military installations in the continental United States.
The two initiatives are the latest in a string of actions by the Bush administration to cut or hold down growth in pay and benefits, including basic pay, combat pay, health-care benefits and the death gratuity paid to survivors of troops who die on active duty.
The roots of all these efforts reach back to the highest levels of the Defense Department." http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=0-ARMYPAPER-2335705.php