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Service Members feeling the Brunt

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Budget cuts carried over from the river…to the parade route. Many concerned that members of the third infantry division and the USS Alaska would not be able to come out if full force to participate.

"This year there will be a different reception all over the entire parade because there is less military." Said Allan Harvey of the Vietnam Veteran's of America

Across the board spending cuts didn't take away members of the third id band- but it did leave them without two tactical vehicles that usually accompany them on the parade route. But troops didn't let that stop them. Not only did the 3rd id get a standing ovation from the crowd, they also kicked off the parade with the national anthem.

Budget cuts weren't as kind to members of the navy's uss alaska. The crew has traveled up from their naval submarine base in kings bay for the past 3 years. This year they couldn't afford the travel expenses. So it came out of their own pockets.

Bob Worth the Commanding Officer of the USS Alaska say's the safrifice is well worth it.

"We took our own vehicles. We got invited by the Savannah Navy League which is a great partnership of ours. And again just a great opportunity to be a part of something special."

 

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