FDRLO offers report on harms of troop cuts
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FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- As part of sequestration and planned defense cuts, it's possible Fort Drum could lose 8,000 of its 19,000 soldiers.
Losing soldiers is only one of three possibilities that could also leave Fort Drum untouched, or even adding three thousand troops. But in an effort to persuade military and Army officials to not cut soldiers, the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization released a report about the damage that could be caused in the North Country by a troop reduction.
The report focused on housing, schools, hospitals and the economy in general, all of which would be jeopardized. The trickledown effect would mean empty apartments, lower rents, fewer students and then fewer needed teachers, and also a drop in real estate values.
The FDRLO says it's hopeful federal officials understand what's truly at stake.