Cuts to the defense budget have some soldiers concerned about the capabilities of the Armed Forces, but officials say the Army is likely going to have to make slashes to programs aimed at helping out families and veterans, according to Military.com.
Despite the financial challenges, some of the Army's top officials say that retaining the programs and benefits available to families is their priority when they're making cuts. Army Secretary John McHugh has steadfastly maintained there are certain areas that simply can't see significantly reduced funding in the coming years.
"Whether it’s PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) issues or separation issues, we’ve got to make sure they’re adequately funded," McHugh said at a recent press conference, according to the website.
There have been a number of suggestions aimed at helping keep costs low, including having the Army Reserves provide free legal advice to troops so they don't have to pay for lawyers if the need ever arises.
Regardless of what steps are taken, it's clear that cuts are needed. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced a $487 billion reduction in military spending over the next 10 years, according to USA Today.