Veterans would get the shaft if those in Washington don’t pull together with a proper plan to reduce government spending, according to Illinois’ former director of Veterans Affairs. Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth says she is concerned about the political bickering over government spending and what it could do to services that help veterans and their families. Duckworth says if the bi-partisan Super Committee can’t agree on cuts to balance the budget, there would automatically be cuts split between domestic and defense spending.
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Duckworth says she agrees that those in Washington must create a “more fiscally responsible future” but says it’s wrong to balance the nation’s checkbook on the backs of veterans. “We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our veterans and those who need help most,” Duckworth said. “Instead we need to provide them with the tools they need to obtain an education, provide for their families and re-adjust to civilian life.” Some programs that could get hit include the Women Infant Children, or WIC program, which is utilized by many military and veterans’ families. Veterans’ employment offices and the veterans’ crisis line would also see significant cuts. Duckworth, who serves in the Illinois National Guard, is an Iraq veteran who is running for Congress. She ran for Congress in 2006 and lost.