posted on Jan, 11 2010 @ 09:00 AM
Some members of the military are worried money will be pulled from programs that help spouses and children cope with soldiers' repeated tours of duty
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, who as head of the Army's Installation Management Command is in charge of the budget for bases, said in a recent commentary
distributed to Army post newspapers that the service has enjoyed unprecedented levels of funding in the past years, but that can't continue.
"As the country faces some stiff economic challenges, we are forced to reduce funding and exact a greater level of stewardship over our resources,"
Lynch said. Starting this year, "performance levels for some installation services will be notably less than we've had in recent years and will
remain at that level for the foreseeable future."
Army posts provide many of the services that soldiers and their families have come to rely on, including child and youth programs, continuing
education, dining and recreational facilities and help with overcoming drug and alcohol abuse.