Meanwhile Obama is also looking for ways to cut military pensions and health care benefits. (via Gateway Pundit)
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 340,000 veterans receive public money for housing. And, 900,000 veterans live on food stamps. About 5,000 active duty troops are receiving food stamps.
In the latest blow to military families Obama cut the annual pay raise to military families by nearly 1%.
“We’ve really been shocked since 2008 to see the growth in the number of requests for food assistance,” said Operation Homefront’s Jim Knotts. “Since 2008, when the economy really started going south, we’ve had a 400 percent increase in the number of requests for food assistance alone.”
A soldier’s basic pay is $18,194, which is well below the federal poverty line. Rising divorce rates after repeat deployments and child support payments are making it difficult for some active-duty troops and veterans to pay bills.
Kready added that she knows someone who goes through food pantries because they’re too proud to collect food stamps.
And that’s not all that started going south in 2008. But this cut is only a small slice in Obama’s war on American soldiers.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday that troops and their families will be asked to sacrifice on pay and benefits to preserve readiness in an era of tighter budgets.
This may be the most difficult” to achieve among his six priorities, Hagel said of proposals to trim pay increases, overhaul TRICARE and review retirement benefits while adapting to cuts in personnel.
But meanwhile money can be spent on Green Energy for the Navy and gay weddings. Because Obama has his priorities.
The new budget, which boosts spending in the short term in exchange for longer-term fee hikes and spending cuts, includes a provision that would reduce the cost-of-living adjustment for military retirees to 1 percent less than the rate of consumer inflation — and even reduces payments for veterans who were wounded in action.
Not only has Obama sent soldiers to Afghanistan while tying their hands so that they can’t fight back, but he even stabbed them in the back once they got out of the hospital.
The Obama administration has asked Congress to cap annual active duty and reserve component pay raises, and to phase in over four years a complex formula for raising TRICARE fees on retirees of all ages and their families.