Sequestration, the mandatory spending cuts required under the 2011 Budget Control Act (P.L. 112-25) as a way to force deficit reduction over the next 10 years, took effect March 1, 2013. The Budget Control Act includes automatic spending cuts across the government, including the Department of Defense (DoD). About $470 billion in defense cuts are estimated over the next 10 years. In Fiscal Year 2013, the cuts were implemented only in the last half of the year, leading to six furlough days for DoD civilian employees, commissary closures, reduced access to medical care, reductions in tuition assistance funds, reduced hours at family support centers, cancelled training and deployments, and more. Military families want to know how these budget cuts are going to affect them now and in future years. The National Military Family Association is determined to make the voice of military families heard and ensure their interests are protected as promised. We are continually gathering resources to help provide relief and comfort to those military families struggling during this difficult time we face as a Nation. Let it be known that at the National Military Family Association we support our country and its government, but we will NOT back down when it comes to fighting for the needs of military families. It is time to hold our leaders accountable for their broken promises to support and care for our troops and their families.
Read our articles to learn more about how sequestration is affecting the military community. Download the book we presented to all 535 Members of Congress to show the effects of sequestration.
Our Association supports:
- Ending the devastating effects of sequestration
- A strong military sustained by supporting service members and their families during times of war and peace
- Enhanced family readiness to ensure mission readiness for service members
- Reasonable solutions to #EndSequestration without jeopardizing mission readiness and family support
Association Testimonies, Letters + Articles
- December 18, 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 passes the Senate and provides some sequestration relief; but includes a cut to COLA benefits for military retirees.
Related article: The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013: Some Good, Some Bad, and Some Ugly
- December 9, 2013 Budget pressures caused by the sequester lead DoD to consider closing stateside commissaries.
Related article: Commissary Benefit Under Attack Again
- November 20, 2013 Government Relations team returns to Capitol Hill to #EndSequestration
Related article: Association Returns to Hill to #EndSequestration
- October 17, 2013 Government reopens with a temporary deal. The Continuing Resolution expires on January 15, 2014.
Related article: Shutdown’s Over – What’s Next for Military Families?
- October 1 – 16, 2013 Government shutdown foreshadows sequestration pain with reduced access to health care, cuts to family and installation support services, and delays in training.
Related article: Government Shutdown 2013: What Military Families Need to Know
- September 12, 2013 Association leads efforts to #EndSequestration with a “Storm the Hill” event delivering The Yellow Ribbon is Unraveling: Military Families Share the Pain of Sequestration to all 535 Congressional offices.
Related article: Association Storms the Hill to End Sequestration
- September 9, 2013 Association joins The Military Coalition letter calling on Congress to end sequestration.
Related article: The Military Coalition Asks for Repeal of Sequestration
- March 1, 2013: Mandatory spending cuts known as “sequestration” begin for the military community.