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GUARD AND RESERVE CUTS CONCERN AMVETS

 GUARD AND RESERVE CUTS CONCERN AMVETS
 WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Defense Secretary Dick


Cheney's recently announced plans to down-size National Guard and Reserve units by 140,000 over the next two years has raised concerns in the veterans community.
 The plan would cut units from every state and U.S. territory, as well as affect as many as one out of three Guard armories. The Army Guard and Reserve Units would lose the most personnel. The current plan would have negative ramifications on the economy in all of the communities with defense cutbacks.
 Among those questioning the move is AMVETS National Commander James L. Singler. "AMVETS is in favor of budget restraints; however, we do not currently support -- nor have we ever supported -- such dramatic cuts in America's national defense," said Singler.
 Singler called on Congress to examine the negative ramifications of targeting the more than 800 units for cuts, adding he was "confident they would come up with another plan."
 "The outstanding job these men and women did during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm is one of the big reasons why America continues to stand for freedom and democracy," said Singler. "This nation must maintain its strength."
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 /CONTACT: Anita DiGregory or Dick Flanagan of AMVETS, 301-459-9600/ CO: AMVETS ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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