Report: Fiscal Cliff Means Major Cutbacks for Military Families

Washington D.C.'s impasse could mean severe cuts to the defense budget and programs military families rely on, according to the National Military Family Association.

If President Barack Obama and Congress don't reach a compromise to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," the military could see even more severe cuts to its budget.

In fact, the Department of Defense could face $600 billion in cuts in the next decade, according to the nonprofit National Military Family Association.

The cuts could affect family programs, health care, housing and more. Military contractors are also bracing for cuts, Politico reported.

However, some items—such as pay, military retirement pay, and TRICARE for Life—cannot be cut, the NMFA report added.

For more details, read the association’s report, The View from the Ledge: The Fiscal Cliff and How it Affects Military Families.

mary j December 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Ok Gary - first of all, Military spending is not the Soldier's fault. When the executive order comes down for us to go to war - we do but we dont set the budget - or lack there of, for all the spending. Why dont you put on a pair of boots and head to Afghanistan for a tour or two, or three or four for less than 40,000 a year? The typical american soldier does it because we volunteer but we are not congress, the house of representatives or the president - so be careful of your words. And for all the Dual Status Reservists and National Guardsmen who's civilian pay has been frozen for the last few years.... I bet you got your raises... Lets stop those, huh.... but i bet if we do, you will have something to say about that.
mary j December 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM
So true William - I bet they got all their raises....
Gaudencio Guzman December 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM
They need to fire all of the nonsense people in Congress. Especially the speaker of the house! They are just to comfortable in their positions. Military and their families deserve better. They dont know what "We The People" need. They don't care about any of us as long as they are living their lavish lifestyles. They have no real touch with reality.
Lynn December 31, 2012 at 01:01 AM
That is BULL CRAP to cut anything from the military!!! Cut crongresses pay down to what our military men and women get!!! and no more!!! They dont need to suck up all that money money and live in their ivory towers!! and if they dont work 30 to 35 years like the common person has to do to get retirement!! low income retirement may I say!! It is stupid how they have set them selves up to live the high and might life!! with the best of everything!! when our military have to get welfare assistance just to scratch by day by day!!!
Rick Carson January 08, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Just my 2 cents, Money should not be cut from Military Personnel . It should be cut on Hardware. Do we really need large a stock pile. of Weapons ? both conventional and Nuke ? ( last reported we had enough to Burnout the Plant at least 10 times inst 1 time enough?) Cost spending on Military systems ( Bank for the Buck) Sell off some of the Beachfront real estate in S.D.,CA. Although The President (as reported over CNN in closed meetings with Rep J.Boehner ( Over the Fiscal Cliff talks) that " The government doesn't have a spending problem ". Later He reportedly said that He didnt want to hear anymore talk about a Gov spending problem.. People that go in Harms Way and risk coming back in body bags should not have things taken away. They should support by those who do not. Congress needs to set the example


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