An estimated 900,000 U.S. military veterans will lose some or all of their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on Friday. According to Think Progress, the program — more commonly known as food stamps — will be cut by $5 billion…
If this number is accurate, cutting SNAP is the least of our issues in my opinion.
We have an all volunteer military, and those men and women risk life and limb to protect this country. The least we can do as a nation is to ensure they are taken care of when they return home from combat. When a veteran has to rely on SNAP to feed themselves or their family especially after serving in combat, I see that as a sign that we have failed our military personnel.
Imagine what could be done for veterans if the money spent on campaigns and lining the pockets of politicians went to aid veterans and their causes. Some people in this country have serious issues when they can take “campaign contributions” for favored treatment while some veterans are sleeping on the streets. I know some of the homeless are that way by choice, but given the inadequate medical and psychological treatment they have upon returning home from war, I’m surprised the numbers are not worse.
What kind of nation are we when we can’t put veterans to work after they’ve put their ass on the line for us? Realizing we have an estimated 900,000 veterans on SNAP to help feed their families, there’s not much more to say other than just damn…
- Veterans Duckworth and Soltz: Food stamp cuts for veterans ‘unacceptable’ and ‘revolting’ (rawstory.com)
- $5B in food stamp cuts coming Friday (cltv.com)
- House and Senate face deep divide over food stamps (bigstory.ap.org)
- Food Pantries Prepare For Food Stamp Cutbacks (wnep.com)