Military Spouses Storm the Hill to Urge Congress to End Sequestration
September 12, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 12, 2013 —Nearly sixty military spouses, family members, and friends visited all 535 Congressional offices to urge them to end sequestration. Each Member of Congress received a book of photos and stories gathered from military families stationed around the world showing how sequestration has hurt the community. The National Military Family Association—in cooperation with Macho Spouse, Military Partners and Families Coalition, MilitaryOneClick, Military Spouse Magazine and SpouseBUZZ – launched the #EndSequestration campaign to demonstrate that sequestration is not a painless way to reduce the deficit.
Sequestration became a familiar term when the Department of Defense furloughed employees this summer. The furloughs saved the Defense Department $1 billion. Next year, under sequestration, DoD must find $52 billion in budget cuts. “Where will the money come from?” asked Joyce Wessel Raezer, Executive Director of the National Military Association.
Military families are dealing with decreased access to health care and other essential services. Proposed cuts in FY14 threaten housing allowances, moves, promotions, and more cuts to health care. Pilots are grounded and ship maintenance has been put on hold. “Cutting flying hours, BAH, health care and many other benefits of the military is not going to keep us strong. It weakens us,” said one military spouse.
“Military families understand that the budget deficit has to be dealt with. But placing the lion’s share of the burden on the Defense Department and asking our war weary military to do more with less just doesn’t make sense,” says Raezer. “In almost every office we visited, we were told that the Senator or Representative is against sequestration. If that’s the case, why aren’t more people willing to have the tough conversations to fix it?”
To join the campaign to #EndSequestration you can sign our petition or download the book to give to your elected official. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on our effort.
About the National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.
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