Several Republican lawmakers have indicated they are willing to consider a White House budget proposal that would significantly reduce Pentagon budget cuts put in place by sequestration. "I would consider any plan that avoids sequestration," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Security force assistance brigades will deploy across Afghanistan by spring to replace outgoing Army brigade combat teams. The SFABs will have a heavier focus on training and mentoring than on combat, this article says.
National Guard and Reserve members may have more trouble finding employment than other veterans, according to this article. A survey from VetJobs.com found that National Guard brigades in Oregon, Florida and Tennessee had unemployment rates ranging from 30% to 50% in late 2009 and 2010.
Depression and suicidal considerations are not uncommon for veterans of combat tours, writes former Marine Anthony Swofford. Current rates of suicide –- about 18 a day –- are raising concerns about how the military is coping with the post-combat needs of service members.
Texas Army National Guard Capt. Bill Fry and his wife are being sued by their neighborhood homeowners' association over the installation of a swing set for their children. The couple received what they believed was verbal approval to build the set in early 2010.