On Fox and Friends this morning, Pete Hegseth weighed in on the Defense Department's reported decision to send "pink slips" to some U.S. soldiers still on the battlefield in Afghanistan. The letters reportedly tell the soldiers that their service will no longer be needed when their current deployment ends.
Here's more from former Army Capt. Jonathan Hendershott, writing in the New York Post:
In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed.
Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.
The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are projected to shrink the Army from its current 520,000 troops to 440,000, the smallest size since before World War II.
What is astonishing is that the Defense Department thought it would be appropriate to notify deployed soldiers — men and women risking their lives daily in combat zones — that they’ll be laid offafter their current deployment.
As one Army wife posted on MilitaryFamily.org, “On some level I knew the drawdowns were inevitable, but I guess I never expected to be simultaneously worried about a deployment to Afghanistan and a pink slip because my husband’s service is no longer needed.”
Hegseth said the letters go beyond just being bad timing, but are indicative of the misguided priorities of the Obama administration.
"Here you've got ISIS on the march in Iraq, you've got the Middle East falling apart and yet you've got an administration and a White House that's willing to send pink slips to captains, officers serving in Afghanistan. ... Now we're laying them off to save dollars because this administration wants to spend money on dependency programs here at home, but they're unwilling to preserve war-fighting capability," he said.
Steve Doocy called it "wrong on so many levels," asking "don't they deserve better than that?"
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Family members of United States fallen soldiers are receiving the ultimate insult by the very government that sent their loved ones to war. So far, at least five families have been told they will not be receiving death benefits. Why? All because they were killed after the government shutdown.
Kelly asked him, “With all due respect, this seems like a middle finger to the family members of these heroes who died – and the question is, who’s to blame?”
“This is a bone-headed decision that dishonors our fallen brothers and sisters,” Hunter said. “It breaks the trust that our government has with those men and women that serve on the front lines and that are forgotten right now because of this shutdown.”
One of those fallen soldiers is Sergeant Patrick Hawkins. He died while helping a wounded ranger. Kelly observed, “The ranger creed is never leave a fallen comrade. I mean the irony of that given what happened to him and his family is stark.”
Hunter wrote a scathing letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accusing him and his department of a careless legal interpretation. The department has denied that this was a matter of choice. Hunter argued that the Pay Our Military Act that was signed into law shortly before the shutdown covers death benefits.
Speaking as a former Marine, Hunter called it "shameful” and "pure bureaucracy” that the U.S. government would abandon these military families. "You no longer have your sole breadwinner. […] You’re going to be living without pay, you have kids. That’s the situation that the government is putting these guys in. […] It needs to get fixed tonight.”
See video at: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/10/08/megyn-kelly-death-benefits-denied-military-families-%E2%80%98middle-finger%E2%80%99-america%E2%80%99s-heroes
This post was modified from its original form on 11 Jul, 16:25
Many of these military personnel are on second or even third tours; what a way to show gratitude for putting their lives on the line. This has to be the most disgusting thing Obama has done to date; just gets better all the time. It is time for the people of this Country to stand up and demand his resignation.
This move of Obama's is the most dispicable to date. I keep wondering why Obama has been able to remain in Washington DC.