In a story that reveals volumes about the nation's economy, how we treat our military, and the increasing need for assistance, CNNMoney reports this morning that more military families than ever before need food stamps in order to put meals on their tables. In fact, CNNMoney reports that food stamp redemption at military grocers grew through the recent recession, but has continued to grow, topping $103 million in Fiscal Year 2013.
The Military Officers Association of America indicates that in 2012, there was a 30 percent unemployment rate among spouses of active-duty military who were 18 to 24 years old. The association's study pointed to how many times spouses must relocate due to different military assignments for their husbands or wives.
According to the USDA, in 2011, about 5,000 active-duty military members were on food stamps. Base pay for a new solider with a spouse and child is around $20,000, just above the national poverty line.
CNNMoney reports that in 2013, Operation Homefront received 2,968 emergency requests for food aid, more than any other kind of request for help. The numbers are down significantly compared to two years ago, but they're still nearly three times what they had been in 2008.