Food Stamps and the Military

At what intersection does the phrase “Support the Troops” have some concrete reality? Pay raises for the enlisted is forever and ever a controversial subject. It may be less of a concern, the raises that is, if we knew how many of our men and women who put themselves in harms way are receiving food stamps. In 2008 there was a 25% increase in the use of food stamps at military commissaries. That is nearly twice as high as the nationwide increase of 13% over the same period. The USDA reports that nearly one in nine Americans were on food stamps in February.

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