Debt Ceiling, Budget Debate Concerns Troops in Afghanistan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen addresses troops Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, July 28, 2011. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

Marines and soldiers at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan and in Kandahar this week got a chance to ask questions of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as he visited bases throughout the country.

Did they ask about operations, tactics or policy? No. The chairman was peppered with questions about the Congressional debate on raising the debt ceiling and forcing deep budget cuts.

The U.S. Treasury delivers service members’ pay checks, and sends them to veterans and Social Security recipients. “That’s something that the government leadership will have to figure out,” Mullen told the troops. “I honestly hope we don’t get there. But I don’t expect it will affect — certainly in the short-term — operations here and operations around the world.”

So, even in a combat area, U.S. troops are worried about getting paid in the short-term and concerned about cuts in veterans’ benefits in the long-term. To read the full story by By Jim Garamone of the American Forces Press Service, click HERE.

The U.S. Troops in Afghanistan aren’t the only worried ones. The following is from a U.S. Army Veteran who posted on Vantage Point, a VA guest blog for Veterans and others.

Lawrence Fox

By Lawrence Fox

As the debt debate goes on, my greatest fear is that all Veterans will suffer because of the lack of action and/or compassion we are receiving from Washington.

After watching the President’s address and the Republican response on July 25, 2011 I am relieved. You may ask why a Veteran fighting cancer would feel relief from the confusion and parasitism going on in Washington as the government threatens to reduce Veteran benefits and entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare which so many Americans require to exist from day-to-day.

To read Fox’s full blog entry, click HERE.

And the website has a special page set up for military spouses with tips from USAA on what they can do should the debt ceiling not be raised in time.


One Response

  1. Come on Congress, work it out! We need our soldiers worrying about the enemy and doing their jobs. Not worrying whether you are doing yours and the affects it could have on them. Git’er done!

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