Number of Military Families on Food Stamps Has Nearly Doubled Since Obama Took Office
The use of food stamps at military grocery stores and commissaries have increased annually since President Obama took office.
According to the Defense Commissary Agency, military dollars spend on food stamps nearly doubled from $52.9 million in 2009 to $103.6 million in 2013.
Today on The Real Story, Pete Hegseth, from Concerned Veterans for America, provided some insight. Under the Obama administration, eligibility for food stamps was expanded which contributed to the increase.
Hegseth said military commissaries do not track who is using food stamps, so it’s unclear if active duty soldiers or veterans are using them more. Identifying which groups are using food stamps would help to address the issue.
He said certain military members should be compensated more so that they don't have to rely on other forms of government assistance.
Regardless of who is utilizing this program, Hegseth said, “It’s not what this country should be giving back to those who have given so much.”