Fox News reports that Army chief of Staff Ray Odierno announced that troops may have their combat tours to Afghanistan extended next year so that the Defense Department can save some money;
“We will try to divert money so we do not have to extend people in Afghanistan,” Odierno told a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “That’s a very big concern of mine.”
He said that right now the Army is facing a shortfall of as much as $8 billion in operating funds for Afghanistan, and there could be an additional $5.4 billion in cuts if Congress can’t resolve a budget standoff and automatic reductions — called sequester — go into effect.
Yeah, that whole “we won’t balance the budget on the backs of veterans” thing is looking more like complete bullshit everyday. Maybe they’ll come up with a shiny new medal for folks who were screwed because our government can’t balance the budget.