It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when our country with a military force that is second to none has members eligible for food stamps.
CNNMoney.com reported on Monday (02/17/14) that food stamp redemption at military grocers hit almost $104 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.
Back in FY 2008, $31 million was spent at military grocers through food stamps. The amount spent has increased every year since.
With more than half of the members of congress being millionaires and few having ever served in the military, it’s pretty easy to see that members who roam the halls of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have forgotten the folks who protect this country every day. There’s a serious trend that has developed since FY 2008 and Congress needs to provide the funding to reverse the trend.
CNNMoney.com reports, “In 2011, about 5,000 active-duty military members were on food stamps, making up less than a tenth of 1% of the 44 million on food stamps, according to the USDA, which has yet to update its figures.”
While just 5,000 may seem like a small number compared to how many people are on active duty in the military (which is about 1.3 to 1.4 million personnel depending on the report) one military member on food stamps is too many.
It should be pretty easy for Congress to fix this problem – if they really care.