Thursday, July 23, 2009

Military Food Stamp Use Increases

The Defense Commissary Agency says that military members are using Food Stamps in
increasing numbers. This is a change from the decline of usage in the past, a 5 percent decrease
from 2006 to 2007.

More than thirty-one million in Food Stamps were used in 2008 a 25 percent increase in 2008. This compares to a 13 percent increase for the civilian population. The agency includes retirees and reservists and National Guardsmen in their report.

What a shame this is, that so many members must rely on Food Stamps. And the figures appear
to show that members living on base in government quarters use more stamps than those
living off base.

It should not matter where a member lives, for our military to be so low on the pay scale compared to civilians in equal (or almost equal) jobs; means that as always the military is
falling behind in every category.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc
"We Remember"