The head of the nation's largest veterans organization was in Hattiesburg Tuesday night, as part of a statewide tour. James E. Koutz is the national commander of the American Legion. He visited the Hub City's Allen B. Carter Post 24.
He said he's concerned about major cuts in military spending which could take place on March 1, if Congress fails to reach a deal on the budget.
"We're hoping that there are no cuts in the Dept. of Defense or the Veterans Administration," Koutz said. "With all these thousands of troops coming home in the next five years, with the backlog of claims they've got right now, we're worried about what's going to happen there if we've got budget cuts. We're worried about that and we're worried about the protection of this country," he said.
Koutz said he'll speak with the President about the impact of those potential cuts later this month.