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NEW VIDEO: $16 Trillion National Debt Is Security Threat

By Concerned Veterans for America

For Immediate Release:

$16 Trillion National Debt Is Security Threat

New web video released shortly after U.S. Debt Clock Strikes $16 Trillion

Arlington, VA – A new web video developed by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) highlights the threat to U.S. security posed by our nation’s $16 trillion debt, and calls on Washington to enact real spending reform that reduces the debt and protects the nation’s future. The 90-second web video, titled “16 Trillion”, focuses on repeated warnings from national leaders (including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin) about how mounting government debt endangers our national security. The video also urges Congress to focus on entitlement spending reform and pro-growth tax policies to spur the economy and reduce the national debt. The video can be viewed online at YouTube or “Veterans and active duty troops are deeply concerned about our stagnant economy and towering national debt, and rightly see them as drivers of our economic weakness,” said Pete Hegseth, CEO of CVA. “We understand that a strong economy is key to ensuring a robust defense, and that our government’s addiction to spending and debt is a sure path to weakness and vulnerability.” “The $16 trillion national debt mark should set off alarm bells in Washington—it’s time to stop playing political games and get to work reforming government spending,” Hegseth concluded. The new CVA web video follows the August 14th release of polling results the organization conducted with the Winston Group among troops and veterans, revealing that 72 percent of them see the national debt and the economy as their top concerns. Military voters are clearly interested in the national discussion about the economy and national security, and are looking for solutions to address the economy and debt. To review the sources for this project, please email or visit our YouTube page.

To interview Pete Hegseth, contact Kate Pomeroy at 703-638-3927 or via email at

Concerned Veterans for America is a bipartisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for policies that will preserve the freedom and liberty we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.