Cutting veterans and retirees benefits is already in the works, for those who are unaware.
The cuts will be moderate and they will primarily impact only new people entering the system and as far as I know the extent has not yet been set.
This will save money, but we're talking about FUTURE money.
The obvious and KEY point with the 18 percent that is spent on PAST wars is that we must STOP CURRENT WARS before that 18 percent grows dramatically--which will both bust the budget and force more drastic cuts that will cause great pain to veterans.
We must make dramatic changes NOW to avoid an unavoidable and devastating slashing of veterans benefits later.
Of course, the main reason for dramatic and courageous cuts in current overall military spending is that it consumes resources that are urgently needed for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Welfare and other essential programs.