Military families worry about pink slips as budget cuts go into effect

PHOENIX - Thousands of soldiers could be handed pink slips in the next few weeks as the defense department cuts its budget.

This could hit some Valley families hard.

One military member we spoke with said he just got his notice.

The airman, who does not want to be identified, said he's one year away from retiring.

He's losing a lot of benefits when he needs them the most.

ABC15 spoke with his mother, Linda, who said her son has served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly two decades.

“He liked working out on the flight line, that was his favorite part,” she said.

His Air Force career has taken him all over the country and the world.

But then, recently, he got a notice saying he will be discharged.

“They're going to be without medical insurance. And that's a big deal when you have six children and you yourself need surgery,” Linda said.

The airman said if this goes through, he'll lose his retirement, too.

“All of these families, that's what they're looking for is good benefits and a pension that's due to them after being in the military as long as some of them have,” Linda said.

The letter from the military stated  he'll be discharged for medical reasons.

The airman was hurt while serving overseas. He injured his neck and back.

But he believes he's being pushed out.

“We want everyone to know about this, we want something done about it,” his mom said.

Military officials said the cuts are due to the wars ending and a shrinking budget.

The airman we spoke with expects to find out what exactly what will happen to him on Monday.

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