The Pentagon recently announced plans to cut about $450 billion dollars over the next decade. And unless a bipartisan deal is reached by January 1, 2013 those cuts will go much deeper - on the order of an additional $500 billion.
Congressman Duncan Hunter will hold a "listening session" for him and another congressmen to hear attendees’ opinions and concerns on defense budget cuts and how they'll affect San Diego on Wednesday night.
Hunter's office says if this happens, around 200,000 active-duty personnel will be forced out of service, and in California more than 125,000 jobs could be lost.
Hunter is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and he sits on the House Armed Services Committee. He's concerned that most Americans don't fully understand the impact of the possible cuts.
Tuesday night’s forum is intended to help the community understand the depth of these cuts and to discuss how military families, installations and the workforce might be affected.
The town hall is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Shiley Theatre on the University of San Diego campus. It will begin with an introduction from a congressional delegation and then the floor will be opened to attendees.
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