COLUMBUS, GA/PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The push to stop the Department of Defense's plan to cut thousands of military jobs, including some 3,400 soldiers on Fort Benning, brought out dozens on Monday, July 13.
Elected officials gathered with local military leaders Monday afternoon to discuss plans to fight sequestration.
The Mayors of Columbus and Phenix met with the President of TSYS and the Chamber of Commerce, among other community leaders. Everyone was united under the common goal: to stop sequestration.
The focus of the meeting was the petition located online at www.GrowBenning.com. The website has become the center of the movement, containing information about the planned cuts and the petition which will be presented to congress to help fight against the cuts to Fort Benning.
When it comes to this round of military cuts, Fort Benning is being hit the hardest in the nation losing 3,400 soldiers. Fort Hood, Texas follows right behind, losing more than 3,300 soldiers.
These cuts are a result of the 2011 Budget Control Act which reduced the department of defense's funding by $487 billion. If cuts are made to Fort Benning the projected regional loss will amount to $229 million in sales loss and about a $198 million loss of buying power.
Citizens and business owners have until October 1 to sign the petition but are urged to sign before the end of summer.
Visit this link to sign the petition online.