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Federal Cuts Hitting Close to Home

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Just days into a new month, most national guard military technicians and civilian employees are facing some new problems. 

Sequestration is forcing the federal government to take a sizeable chunk out of the paychecks of thousands of military personnel and civilian employees. More than one thousand national guard soldiers or airmen will be affected. 

" Why should they give up their money?  I don't see politicians giving any of their money back," said Harold Cinancio, a member of American Legion. "The way they are making the cuts I don't agree with. People shouldn't be bringing home less money. There are other ways of cutting money."

The military is looking at other ways to save money.  Just a few weeks ago, we reported on growing support to limit the number of combat uniforms in the military.  Concern, however, continues to mount as servicemen and women fight overseas and budget cuts loom over their heads. 

  " We are here for the veterans, the solders, the airmen, and the sailors, the marines, and merchant marines that are sill serving," said Cinancio, a former marine himself. 

Members of American Legion in Leeds said the federal cuts will create a greater need for veterans organizations that help active duty personnel and veterans.  Officials with such organizations said these groups will be ready.



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