by Rick Rogers
* The Department of Veterans Affairs is spending big money to end veteran homelessness by its self-imposed deadline of 2015.
It’s handed out nearly $300 million in grants for destitute veterans — three times the amount spent on the program last year.
In 2009 the VA pledged to end vet homelessness in six years. An estimated 27,000 former service members are living on the streets nationwide.
* Imminent danger pay for U.S. troops based in 18 countries and patrolling five waterways is on the chopping block to save an estimated $120 million a year.
The move could hit the wallets of nearly 60,000 troops.
* The Pentagon is predicting dire consequences if its budget is trimmed by $52 billion under sequestration next year.
In a letter to Congress, Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel said if not checked, the cuts could stop recruiting and promotions.
Last year the Pentagon also predicted grim outcomes in the wake of mandatory budget cuts, but few came to pass.
Rick Rogers, Military Headline New. Brought to you by Defensetracker.com
Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.