Support services for war fighters remain a challenge for DoD

The Senate will debate the National Defense Authorization Act when it comes back from its recess. One of the difficult choices the Defense Department faces, no matter what kind of budget they get from Congress, is support services for war fighters. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh is talking about the kinds of support programs his branch will cut because they can’t afford them any more.

But cuts may not be the only thing facing troops and veterans who need those support services. Phillip Carter is senior fellow, counsel and director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.