Tom Philpott HEADLINES
In the late 1970s, the U.S. military was almost a “hollow force,” the Joint Chiefs said at the time, in part because of low pay, housing allowances set far below off-base rents, and anemic travel reimbursements that put service families in financial holes with every move to a new duty station.
With Congress seemingly satisfied to let the defense budget take another $52 billion hit in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 — versus Republicans accepting higher taxes on the wealthy and Democrats agreeing to curb federal entitlements — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave a preview recently of how Round 2 of budget sequestration could rattle current forces and deepen damage to U.S. readiness.
With no heed of a debt crisis, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to help more veterans find work, help more injured vets gain reproductive health services, and pay caregivers of seriously disabled veterans who left service before 9/11 a monthly stipend plus expenses.
In setting an ambitious goal three years ago to end the Department of Veterans Affairs’ disability claims backlog in 2015, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki exposed himself to criticism, including calls to resign as the backlog rose.
Failure by Congress to end budget sequestration could force the services in fiscal 2014 to freeze military promotions, suspend recruiting and halt all change-of-station moves, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned in a letter Wednesday to leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The end of the Iraq War also appears to end a golden age of growth in military pay and benefits, which lasted at least a decade and corrected many perceived or long-standing faults in military compensation.
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