Parade or helmets: What could $10 million buy?
President Trump's proposed military parade could cost about $10 million to $30 million, according to the Washington Post, which raises an obvious question: How else could that money could be used?
Although popular with area veterans , the proposal has had a mixed reception nationally. In addition to unfavorable comparisons to North Korea and Russia, one of the main complaints is that it would waste money that has better uses.
Using the lower estimate of $10 million, a short list of alternates Trump's parade cost could cover includes (or triple the number of items if you think it will cost the upper limit of the estimate):
• Medical costs of at least 1,260 veterans in Westmoreland County and 677 in Allegheny County.
Veterans Affairs data shows that the average cost in 2016 was $7,936.28 per patient. The average cost in Allegheny County was about $14,769.25 per patient.
• Equipping more than 3,000 Marines with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. The Marine Corps is planning to buy about 50,000 and would like even more.
• Buying about 30,000 Advanced Combat Helmets for the Army, which plans to buy about 294,000 over the next five years.
Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, email@example.com or via Twitter @TribBrian.