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Wed Sep 25, 2013, 10:50 PM

5,000 military families to lose food stamp benefits

Maybe we could pay them better? Nah.

The House action that stripped food stamp funding from a massive farm bill would threaten vital assistance for about 5,000 military families, mostly from the junior enlisted ranks, Pentagon officials said Friday.

A Department of Agriculture report last year showed that more than 5,000 of the 48 million Americans receiving Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps) listed their employment status as "active duty military," the Pentagon officials said.

"Military members who receive SNAP tend to be made up of members in junior pay grades with larger than average household sizes," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Defense Department spokesman.

"Military members normally 'promote out' of the need for additional subsistence benefits, due to the corresponding raises in basic pay and other allowances as one moves to a higher pay grade," Christensen said in an e-mail statement.


http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/07/13/dod-5000-military-families-losing-food-stamps.html

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Sep 25, 2013, 10:51 PM

1. That's low imo. I bet more will be hurt. nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Sep 25, 2013, 10:55 PM

2. A new low for our government.

Congress is too busy driving up a hill with the brake on.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Sep 25, 2013, 11:54 PM

3. Now here is a dead beat bunch huh, yep the dead beats are voting to strip food stamps

our troops and their families needs to feed their families, this is a shame.

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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 11:04 AM

11. So why aren't the Dems, and especially the president, screaming this from

the rooftops?

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #11)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 11:50 AM

12. Let the GOP run wild, they are sinking themselves. Also what happens when Obama says anything,

The RW talking points don't give it up. Where is the GOP members who are hawks who expects our troops to stay at war. In our senior group we collect food coupons which they can use up to six months after the expiration date, these folks needs our full support of American citizens, we need to get onto our Congress members. Either pay them a living wage in which they can support their families or make sure they have plenty of food stamps.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 05:22 AM

4. This is the republicons doing. End of Story. If we had more Dems in

Congress they would not be in danger of losing their SNAP benefits.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 06:05 AM

5. This will be great for morale, not!!!!

But hey, support the troops...now they are going after the rounds in the chamber, not even the spent casings (vets)

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 06:48 AM

6. This is what our news media should be reporting

If they support the troops why do they want military families to starve?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 06:51 AM

7. Republicans can do this easily

They know the media will help spin it into being Obama's fault when the time comes.
They know they have their Chucky Todds waiting to cover for them.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 06:58 AM

8. VoteVets did a mailing on this, with a link to contact legislators...



(Pinboy) -

Last week, Republicans passed a Farm Bill that would kick 170,000 veterans off food

Faced with a looming, losing debt ceiling fight, Tea Party Republicans have turned to veterans and the poor as a sacrifice designed to appease their austerity-starved base.

We've been fighting this battle for a few months, but the stakes are higher than ever this week.

It's critical that you send a letter to your Senator telling them to oppose any legislation that cuts food assistance for veterans and military family members. You can do that here:

http://action.votevets.org/food-assistance

It gets worse...

A Department of Agriculture study last year found that over 5,000 active duty service members receive food assistance. And, in the same year of the study, over $100,000 in food aid was used on military bases.

Hundreds of VoteVets veterans have also told us they're currently receiving assistance. We're going to fight for them on this issue.

Thanks for standing with us in that effort.

All the best,

Jon Soltz
@JonSoltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.org


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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 07:00 AM

9. Why do Republicon chickenhawks HATE our sons and daughters in the military?

As if we didn't know already...

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