The Stars and Stripes reports that food stamp purchases at military commissaries have nearly tripled during the last four years, according to Defense Commissary Agency figures.
The agency reports that nearly $88 million worth of food stamps were used at commissaries nationwide in 2011, up from $31 million in 2008.
There is little information about who is using the food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by the Department of Agriculture, because DeCA and the Defense Department do not keep data on individuals who purchase items at commissaries. But Joyce Raezer, the executive director of the National Military Family Association, suspects that the majority of food stamp users are veterans who separated before retirement and members of the National Guard or reserve forces.
You can read Seth Robbins’ full article in the Stars and Stripes HERE.
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