To troops and furloughed Defense civilians, Hagel offers empathy but no hope for budget help

  • Article by: LARA JAKES , AP National Security Writer
  • Updated: July 21, 2013 - 12:05 PM

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — The audience gasped in surprise and gave a few low whistles as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the news that furloughs, which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military's civilian workforce, probably will continue next year, and it might get worse.

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