I've heard the reports about the military budget crisis, government shutdown, sequester, and benefits reduction. Heck we're a military family so we know what it all means. But it doesn't really hit you until it comes right through your door and lands in your lap. You see my 15 year old son, is in JROTC at his high school. He is excelling in this program. Unfortunately due to the Army budget cuts, the JROTC program has lost funding which is impacting the opportunities that are made available to the students. For example, JLAB which is the academic bowl for JROTC is having to cancel their Level II competitions and championship event. My son, the first freshmen, at his school, to be invited to participate will lose out on the opportunity to compete academically at a higher level. He is not the only student affected. JROTC programs across the nation are also impacted. JROTC is a critical education program that allows students to build strong leadership skills, self-discipline, key values and more. These are students that we should be investing in. Funding for this program is critical for it's success and the success of the students. We don't hear much about how deep and far the impact of the military budget cuts go. Just wanted to share and let others know.