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On those -- our military and infuriating new report on how the Pentagon may be failing.
Our active duty military men and women are veterans and their families an investigation reveals how some soldiers.
Who risked their lives abroad returned home.
To another fight that they never expected -- them enough this time they're fighting against a massive.
Just to get the paycheck.
That they so richly deserve having served their country.
Veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And CEO of concern veterans for America since your return you've made it your your passion and their mission in life to make sure.
That the kind of situations that we read about -- this Reuters report are not happening but tell us you know sort of what happened to US army medics on weekend as detailed in this story it's an an unbelievably sad.
Unfortunately this US medic is not unique situation of Reuters -- really done -- work here exposing both the macro dysfunction of pentagon bureaucracy.
But also how it impacts the soldier at the ground level who when they come home if they've been overpaid or have complications.
There we just will literally be garnished leaving paychecks down to.
Pennies or even hundreds of dollars.
And not enough to pay a mortgage this particular -- -- to I go to the food shelter just to pay for what he needed so you've got to a bureaucracy that can't meet the basic needs of -- It's called the Defense Finance and Accounting Service every military member knows about it because every unit deals with -- dysfunction I've had the same thing I've had.
-- garnish from yeah I just gave up because the Pentagon was -- it is so complex to try to navigate how to fix it.
And it's very indicative of bureaucracy -- council -- I mean -- -- you say the same thing happened to you get your paycheck and you expect it to be a certain amount and little by little they're just it's not there it's diminishing -- -- -- I'll tell you why -- In what happens try to decide it on the spot trying to get -- -- you detected and when the phone you -- -- work the local pay officer who can't anybody on the phone and it's ultimately local commanders that are tasked with fixing this so it's combat units hit the most were out in the field.
-- don't have the time to do the paperwork.
And some folks in headquarters are higher ranks -- can navigate -- but still it's generals -- that was about active duty military National Guard as well.
While there on duty while they're on good ten cases you know somebody at Thomas get an attack and saying this is and a smaller behind him or when they come home it's been reconciled and -- smaller and smaller.
Exactly and there's so many different exemptions and -- -- slots that it's that gets very complicated -- that are really understand to read.
-- It's that much more complex -- -- everywhere very difficult to understand and it's indicative of this department which hasn't been able to reform itself it's never passed an audit -- Never congress mandated every federal department in 1992 to have audible books the Pentagon still does not -- -- -- sequestration.
We cannot even find the way so we can save the muscle and cut the fat and spare an army medic like this the paycheck -- -- -- story today about.
34 million dollars being spent on -- headquarters in Afghanistan to run the war there no one will ever nobody ever BN says you're telling me that you can build a 34 million dollar headquarters in Afghanistan is gonna sit.
-- -- And we can't get our act together and have to pay people.
-- their -- And -- just the tip of it tip of the spear at this point -- procurement is the way we need to procure weapons systems Government Accountability Office exposed 74 billion dollars in waste -- -- -- twelve all alone.
In that -- about that in a 550 billion dollar budget 74 billion.
It's it's a real number if you save that you avoid sequestration.
It's all about mr.
forming a department but who who takes it toward all downhill -- a little -- those fighting this fat years at air our organization -- -- America's cup is trying to do it.
Senator McCain has called -- the military industrial congressional.
Complex because it isn't just special interest in in the military industrial complex it's also congressional attitudes toward the not in my backyard don't cut my defense system don't cut this.
Aspect of the DOD budget until we look at a politically and try to reform -- and squeeze out the waste you're gonna get the stupid sequestration cuts that we -- -- -- well.
And the people need to be aware of it.
And thanks to this is that you know Portland Reuters are going to be a whole series on and thanks to the work that you're doing Pete thanks -- how we hope that everybody gets the message thanks for the CNN --
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