A concerning stat has just came out stating that 2/3rds of middle class military families plan on cutting back this Thanksgiving.
Amid the budget cuts and disfunction in Washington, our military families have been really squeezed.
It’s a sad reality, but our government needs to step up and be more on the side of our military families!
About two out of three middle-class military families plan to scale back their Thanksgiving celebrations this year out of economic concerns, according to a survey by a corporation that assists troops with financial planning.
The survey by Texas-based First Command Financial Services tracked this response from 62% of commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers at staff sergeant rank and higher — a nine-point increase over a similar poll last year.
A battery of economic threats for the military have emerged this year including the recent government shutdown, debates over raising the debt ceiling, cutbacks known as sequestration and plans to downsize the military.
The families cited several ways of being more frugal this year. Some 29% vowed to reduce traveling, 23% would stick to a set budget and 22% said they would spend less on food.
“We have seen a drop in feelings of financial security month to month and a drop in confidence in the ability to retire comfortably,” says Scott Spiker, First Command CEO.
The survey results were derived from a September canvassing of 530 U.S. consumers, ages 25 to 70, with annual household incomes of $50,000 or more. Among them were 200 military families.