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Local Veterans Brace For Deep Cuts

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There was no last minute deal to stop $85 Billion in automatic spending cuts from taking effect on Friday.  The across-the-board cuts will affect dozens of federal agencies and departments in the coming months.

One group that is bracing for the worst is veterans.  A small group of veterans held a rally on the issue Friday afternoon on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

The Veterans Administration is exempt from the sequester cuts, but this group said they're worried about cuts in other departments veterans depend upon.

They said cutting various services like the Department of Labor's job finding program for 150,000 veterans every year simply means soldiers fight for the country, only to return to basically nothing.

The group, made up of veterans and non-veterans said Congress and the President need to create a budget fix once and for all without holding service members hostage.

"Every time there's a major budget decision in the country, it shouldn't come down to an eleventh hour burn rush to try and stop us from going off a cliff," said Peter Moon, who attended the rally.

Organizers of Friday's rally said the ripple effect is really what can hurt military families, including ones near Fort Campbell.  Military salaries and VA benefits may be saved, but civilians who work on post and the retail stores around the could suffer.

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