No longer needed? Troops survive combat, then lose their jobs

By Gregg Zoroya

For thousands of career-military troops who endured combat and family separations during a dozen years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the end of hostilities brings a new directive from the government: your services are no longer needed.

Even as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that future budget reductions cut “so deep, so quickly, that we cannot shrink the size of our military fast enough,” pink slips were already on their way to soldiers.

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