The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 15, 2013

Military Rethinking Leads to Hard Choices


Other family programs are also being reviewed, although military services said they are sensitive to easing the stress of sequestration.

Bromberg's prepared statement outlined the range of such programs: "spouse employment and employment readiness support for the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act initiatives; support to new spouses such as Army Family Team Building; . . . [and] family intervention programs such as New Parent Support Home Visitation and other Family Advocacy programs that prevent domestic violence."

Defense's public affairs activities have also taken a sequester blow.

Comptroller Hale has said "all aerial demonstrations, including flyovers, jump team demonstrations and participation in civilian air shows and military open houses" will end April 1. Only where sponsors reimburse incremental costs, which the military can legally accept, will they participate in civilian air shows, parades and civic events.

And military bands and ceremonial units will no longer travel outside their local areas except when "all transportation, lodging, and subsistence are provided by the requesting organization."

The bands "may continue to perform locally, both on and off military installations, as long as those performances can be conducted at no cost to the department," Hale said.

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