Allen B. West

National embarassment: food stamp usage in military sharply up

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They stand guard upon Freedom’s rampart. They answer the call to secure the blessings of liberty for our Republic. Their families shed tears as they say the words that could be eternal: good-bye. They are the best amongst us and carry on the legacy of those who volunteered to stand at Concord Bridge.

But they are also apparently despised and disregarded by this Obama administration — which should be ashamed of this latest national embarrassment.

As reported by Becket Adams at The Blaze, “Roughly $104 million worth of food stamps were redeemed at military commissaries in 2013, according to the latest data from the Defense Commissary Agency. Military families used food stamps to purchase milk, cheese, meat and bread at the military grocers, CNN Money reported.”

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“I’m amazed, but there’s a very real need,” said Thomas Greer, spokesman for Operation Homefront, a group dedicated to assisting soldiers in financial straits. Food stamp participation in the U.S. military saw a sharp increase in 2008, during the worldwide financial meltdown, and it has risen every year since.

Just to remind you, the Obama administration has considered closing Military Commissaries.

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The most recent data shows only a moderate increase over the past few years, but it’s up nonetheless as the job market continues to be tough on spouses looking for work. In fact, 2012 unemployment among active-duty military spouses aged 18 to 24 years old was a whopping was a 30 percent, CNN Money noted, citing the Military Officers Association of America. Stupid me but I thought the Stimulus was getting people back to work. Perhaps active-duty military spouses are not part of the Obama crony capitalist calculation.

Forty-four million people in the United States were on food stamps in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent figures. And of those 44 million, only 5,000 were active-duty military members, meaning the U.S. military represented less than a tenth of 1 percent of the total number reported by the USDA. Pentagon officials believe the “bottom ranks” (i.e. 18 to 20-something-year-olds who commonly have children) benefit most from the program.

Bu just to put this in perspective, “Cover Oregon” spent some $200 million in American taxpayer money on a website that has yet to have a single person sign up. I don’t care what the percentages say, not one single American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman should ever need government assistance — especially food stamps.

Last week, as we reported, the Democrats introduced a piece of legislation that would retroactively provide benefits to those discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

We know for whom the liberal progressives advocate, especially in our military.

This state of affairs is despicable and I implore you to call every Member of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, Secretary of Defense, and the White House to rectify this immediately!

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