The Sequester is Hurting the Troops

Posted September 19, 2013 at 9:38am

While the sequester budget cuts to the Department of Defense directly affected only civilian employees, “Seventy-two percent of middle-class military families with annual household incomes of at least $50,000 said they were adversely affected by the furloughs of civilian Defense workers,” according to Government Executive.

“Nearly half of the survey’s military respondents — 46 percent — cited reduced hours at military commissaries and exchanges as a negative result of civilian furloughs… Active-duty service members also complained about long waits to enter federal facilities and military installations, delayed or decreased access to medical treatment, hiring freezes and a lack of bonuses.”

Crossposted from Wonk Wire.