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Transcript of Military Presentation
It is difficult for Military Veterans to get their benefits, since the Veterans Benefits website crashes often.
Solution: Make significant cuts to the defense Budget
The United States Military was formed in 1775 to deter war and protect the security of the United States.
By: Jack Blanchard, Francesco Renda, and Kerry Schroeder
It is comprised of 5 departments:
Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coastal Guard.
Who It Helps
The military helps the citizens of the United States by providing protection from foreign foes and threats.
Size of the Program
Effects of Program
As of March 31, 2010, there were 2,266,883 troops in the United States Military
1. The government spends too much money on the production of unnecessary war materials.
Size of Program Cont.
As of March 31, 2010, 82% of all military personnel is male, while only 18% is female.
In 2012, the United States spent $711 billion dollars on it's military, which is 39% of the world's military spending.
Provide military forces needed to deter war
Breakdown of what the military spends it's money on
- Replace pilots with drones
In January 2014, the website crashed at least once a week, for any amount of time from an hour to a few days, making it difficult for veterans to get their benefits
Solution: Increase percentage of budget to pay veterans
Due to the Budget Control Act of 2011, Veterans health care may be effected by up to a 2% cut
A 2% cut may seem small, but it would affect a veterans ability to retain doctors and get effective medical attention at a timely manner
-Less tanks, planes, bombs, and other outdated and overstocked weapons and supplies.
In April 2014, 76 veterans attempted to get treatment at a VA medical center due to gastrointestinal cancer
Out of the 76 patients, 23 have passed away
All of these veterans had to wait for their consultations at the VA hospitals, and the deaths were most likely a result of these delays
By cutting unneeded parts of the defense budget, there will be more money to pay veterans.
Decrease our number of troops, as most fighting is no longer done on the battlefield.
The Department of Defense already is planning to cut 30,000 soldiers in the US Army.
In 2012, about 80 cents of every dollar collected in federal taxes went towards security.
Officers and enlisted men earn an average cash income some 80 percent higher than civilians with similar skills and education.
The United States spends more money on their military than the next 16 largest militaries combined.
"Works Cited" - Background
"United States Department of Defense." (defense.gov). N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2014.
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-More money should be spent on hiring doctors to care for veterans at VA medical centers, so veterans can receive medical treatment without such a long wait.
"Works Cited" - Solutions
"Works Cited" - Problems
-Without these long wait times, fewer veterans would die due to illness
-More veterans would recover from illness in shorter periods of time.
More time and effort should be put into improving the website for veterans health benefits, so claims can go through without the website crashing.
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