More Vets Seek Food Stamps


What better way to start your day than with sobering news?

Turns out, the downturn economy hasn’t just prompted more everyday Americans to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — formerly known as food stamps.

As reported in Stars and Stripes, “nearly $88 million worth of food stamps were used at commissaries nationwide in 2011, up from $31 million in 2008.”

The Defense Department doesn’t track commissary sales, so it’s unclear which military personnel seek benefits.

Analysts believe, however, that recent vets are the demographic most likely to need help: 860,000 sought unemployment benefits in October.

Statisticians consider some 25 percent of these men and women to be “young veterans.”

What all this basically means: After you have fought a war for the U.S., you might also have to fight to put food on the table.

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