In addition to immediate budget cuts, on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had some more long-term bad news. Next year U.S. troops may be getting a smaller pay raise than they thought. One defense official saying the Pentagon will recommend the military get a 1 percent pay increase as opposed to 1.7 percent. FOX 7 went to Killeen and spoke with some veterans to get their thoughts on this very emotional issue for them. Dr. Gary Honaker is a retired psychologist and a veteran who was stationed at Fort Hood in the 1950s. "If you get a raise...1.7 percent...[and] round it down...why round it down? If you're gonna have troops to do a job, pay them," Honaker said. Dr. Honaker says back then, troops were getting paid around $65 a month. He says they've never gotten paid enough for what they do.
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