Struggling troops turn to food stamps, housing aid

by Jennifer Griffin,
December 24, 2013

President Obama on Monday signed an executive order giving military personnel and civilian federal workers a 1 percent pay raise, the first raise for civilians in four years. But for military families, it was another hit.

Military members had been receiving an annual pay increase of 1.8 percent, and ther order comes as more benefit cuts loom on the horizon for military families due to tightening budgets.

For active-duty troops and veterans, making financial ends meet has gotten increasingly difficult in the past four years, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit think tank, which estimates nearly 340,000 veterans receive public money for housing and 900,000 veterans live on food stamps.

A further 5,000 active-duty troops are currently receiving SNAP, or food stamp assistance. Most are junior troops with large families, according to the Pentagon, which points out that those on active duty who need this help represent .01 percent of the 44 million Americans who qualify for food stamps.

For Pvt. Heather Kready, who served with an Army medical support team, explaining to her kids why they have so little money is difficult.

9 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • tuneydude says:

    This is to Kathleen Fahey: Try to read more. You have your facts all wrong. No one with a three (3) year stint in the military gets any lifetime benefit. As far as I know you have to do a full stint to get educational benefits which are limited. You also have to do twenty years to get retirement. You must be a very bitter and angry person you would try to insult the military men and women about being not ” bright enough for college”. Have to spoken to a college student recently about current events? I have, an engineer, five year education, who di not even know that the health care law had passed. Now that’s what I would call “not bright”. I will say a prayer for you. God bless

  • Porfie says:

    The soldier. Places his life in harms way. While the liberal politicians in Washington DC fanagle and squander our hard earned tax money away. And the democrats and some republicans sit on their fat ass and do n-o-t-h-i-n-g but moan and groan! The soldier should be getting what the politicians make and vice versa.

  • Cdr Transportation Svces says:

    Military personnel. Our troops and veterans and those still fighting for our so call freedom
    In need of food stamps? . This is a shame and this goverment advertises about talk to your kids about the opportunity they will have by joining the army and the rest.
    Take your opportunity and shove up your ass. I work hard to send my boys to college.

  • Kathleen Fahey says:

    So, some of these are “junior” troops who apparently are having their wives crap out kiddies as fast as they can. “Large” families, eh? While the rest of us have none, or 1 or 2 cuz we cannot afford any more.
    And what was that now? “Vets”, of any age, are on SNAP? Sorry, but 5, 15, 30, 40 or more years down the road, they still receive other bennies for a 3 year stint in the miltary, and now they get SNAP as well? Time to cut ’em off. Freebies for life is ridiculous, and so is extended help for their own follies. And before the whining starts, I concur with the immigration posts already written, but 2 wrongs don’t make a right. And in rebuttal to another anticipated argument, they are NOT fighting for me or mine, but for politicians and special interests. Or, they go for their own reasons — not bright enough for college and no skills that are marketable.

    1. Robert Myles says:

      Thank you so much for your Assessment of ME a disabled Veteran who fought in Vietnam rather than run to Canada, You need to take a really deep breath and think about what you are saying. We are also the bunch of poor Sorry ass dumb souls to stupid to go to college that will give their lives in a fight for our freedoms here at home. Will you stand up and fight against Tyranny here?? I doubt it

      1. Kathleen Fahey says:

        Robert, you are delusional. WHAT were you fighting for in Vietnam? Most of you don’t even know. What you DO know is that you got a draft notice, and you went sheepishly along. “Running to Canada” was the SMARTER choice, rather than bleating along. What was the American stake in Vietnam? None. What was our stake in Korea? None. Persian Gulf? None. I could go on. The ONLY vets I see that fought for US, and I do mean US, and not the politicians and the Big Corporate Whores were the vets who signed up after Pearl Harbor to kick some ass cuz they bombed us on our own soil. The rest of you are just as I described. And fight for tyranny here? I already, do. It’s called Big Brother and stupid-ass pols who engage us in every damn conflict on the planet. Learn to differentiate between what is really in OUR interests and what the pols’ do to pull your strings. You STILL haven’t learned.

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  • JONDO says:

    If he gives the illegals Amnesty there will be no food stamps or Welfare for any Americans, Except the ones that have been on it all thr lives.and dont intend to work.. Is that what our soldiers are fighting for ? Some one better tell them that. Thats one of the reasons they ought to be over here taking care of thr own country.

  • modernminuteman says:

    While Obama pays to advertise food stamps in Mexico for illegals our men and women who defend this nation have a hard time making it today and the latest bill passed by congress and Obama can’t wait to pass will cut out cost of living increases to disabled vets. Why should anyone send their kids to fight for a government who will not support them?

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