On a very personal and specific level – these budget cuts could spell a lot of devastation for this family. Fact: 5/9 of my immediate family (actually 6/10 – Marine daughter married to Navy SEAL are parents-to-be) are tied to the military and so this is weighing heavily on the 6, and the remaining four of us, in this family! Here are the categories the 6 fit into: • WWII veteran (my 92 year old WAC mother) receiving VA Pension (reduction or elimination of pension?) • Marine Lt. in her fourth year Active Duty post-USNA graduation, stationed in Hawaii, pregnant with 1st baby, due late summer (forced early “release” from military obligation during maternity leave?) • Navy SEAL son-in-law – fifth year Active Duty post-USNA graduation, Dad to be • New Baby of Marine Mom and Navy Dad (well baby visits off base and out of work Mom?) • PLC Candidate – currently 2nd semester junior year at state university – to be heading off to Quantico in May for his 2nd Marine training course – and then degree May 2014 (but no commission?) • USNA Foundation Prep – currently 2nd semester at NMMI - successful completion in May (but no appointment for Class of 2017?) Reading the posts here in the Forum and listening to the news – I find myself in Worrywart-to-the-Extreme mode envisioning all kinds of rather devastating effects of deep budget cuts on these six individuals.