Capehart reports that the members of the Republican party who rallied behind veterans during the government shutdown have now stood silent as the recent $5 million cut in food stamps affects thousands of low-income veterans.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), 900,000 veterans across the country relied on SNAP benefits to feed their families in 2011. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the former Food Stamp program.
The “CBPP analysis highlighted the importance of SNAP for veterans.
Many veterans returning from service face challenges in finding work. While the overall unemployment rate for veterans is lower than the national average, the unemployment rate for recent veterans (serving in September 2001 to the present) remains high, at 10.1 percent in September 2013. About one-quarter of recent veterans reported service-connected disabilities in 2011, which can impact their ability to provide for their families: households with a veteran with a disability that prevents them from working are about twice as likely to lack access to adequate food than households without a disabled member.
Veterans who participate in SNAP tend to be young, but their ages range widely: 57 percent of the veterans in our analysis are under age 30, while 9 percent are aged 60 or older.”