First they try to disenfranchise them as voters, now they threaten to cut one of the most valuable benefits military families receive.
BARKSDALE AFB, LA - The Office of the Secretary of Defense confirms that the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has been asked to prepare a draft plan for closing all 178 commissaries in the United States to be presented possibly as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request.
According to published reports, the Joint Staff asked DeCA to look at cutting its $1.4 billion dollar annual budget by at least a third. According to DeCA Director Joseph Jeu, the agency has already trimmed its budget by $7 million over the last 20 years. To make the additional cuts, DeCA has been asked to draft the proposal that would close all stateside commissaries. According to Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren, "The Secretary of Defense has made it clear on numerous occasions that all cost-cutting efforts need to be on the table in order for the Department of Defense to meet the spending caps associated with the 2011 Budget Control Act."
At this time, no final decisions have been made on the Department of Defense's fiscal year 2015 budget submission. Therefore, it would be inappropriate to discuss any specific budget decisions." Although that budget request is due in February, it would be at least a year before such cuts could be implemented.There are many ways of bringing the federal budget into line without punishing the military personal and the families that support them in their mission to keep the country save. One way is to freeze and cap all elected federal employee's salaries. (In 1960, JFK earned 125,000 as president, which he refused to accept. Barack Obama receives $400,000 a year plus 50,000 pocket money).
The men and women who serve in the military, many who make just enough not to qualify for food stamps are in the crosshairs for cuts. Because of no profit margin to meet, commissary food prices are at or about 30% cheaper then in the private sector.
Next time you see a service man or women and their families who may soon lose the benefits they earn as servants, remember this: