The forgotten veterans: Why are so many soldiers relying on food stamps just to survive?

Friday, August 26, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, August 26, 2016

Despite the fact that the Obama administration has made a number of pledges to improve the lives of U.S. veterans, far too many have slipped through bureaucratic cracks and remain in dire need of assistance.

Even those who are still on active duty do not fare well, especially lower enlisted ranks – many of whom still need supplemental food assistance just to be able to feed their families.

As reported by Truth Out, military members on active duty spent $24 million in food stamps at military commissary centers on base between September 2014 to August 2015. In addition, 45 percent of students in schools operated by the military are currently eligible free lunches or meals at reduced prices. This should not happen to service members in the richest country on the planet.

For several years now, the Pentagon has been stung by reports that many of its soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines – especially younger troops with families – have to struggle financially just to get by, and this is in spite of the fact that most are housed at military bases. A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) also found that the Defense Department is unaware of just how serious the problem really is.

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