Military families face much higher grocery bills
The latest Pentagon budget proposal slashes subsidies for commissaries.
This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.
U.S. military families' grocery budgets could take a $3,000-a-year hit under a new defense budget proposal.
The proposal would cut commissary subsidies from $1.4 billion to $400 million. The 71 percent decrease would be phased in over three years, CNN Money says.
A recent Defense Commissary Agency study found that military families save 30 percent on their grocery bills by shopping at a commissary, compared with a retail grocery store. The new budget proposal would knock those savings down to 10 percent.
"It's a huge hit for families," Kathleen Moakler, government relations director for the National Military Family Association, told CNN. "This helps our families supplement their pay."
This is just another hit for military families, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet. We recently told you that a record number of food stamps were used by service members and their families, both active duty and retired, in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
And Congress recently cut funding for the food stamp program, which impacts both military and civilian families.
The Pentagon's 2015 budget "proposed the deepest and most far-reaching cuts to military compensation in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force, explaining that such cuts are necessary in order to pay for more modern gear and high-tech weaponry," says the Army Times.
Some highlights of the Defense Department's budget proposal for fiscal 2015 include the first-ever rollback in Basic Allowance for Housing; a military pay raise that would match last year's 1 percent hike, the lowest in the volunteer era; massive cuts to commissary subsidies; and potentially increased health care fees for both active-duty families and retirees.
What do you think of the Pentagon's proposed budget?
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Below should apply to food stamps and military subsidies.
Food Stamps are one of the most abused and wasteful social program this country has ever developed. A family of four receives more money monthly then my family of five spends a month on food. The amount paid out each month should be cut by at least one third. Purchases by food stamps should be (if not already) restricted to the following: Fresh/frozen non prepared meats & fish, fresh/frozen non prepared vegetables, deli meats/cheeses, canned goods, breads, non sweetened dairy, and non sweetened juices. The following should always be banned, and processes need to be in place where not already, to restrict: Soda, bottled water, power and energy drinks, sweetened juices, coffee, tea, ice cream, candy, energy bars, any pre-prepared meals or sandwiches, snacks/junk food, or any food that is mail ordered or shipped anywhere. If these rules would be followed, and recipients would learn how to shop and properly eat, no one would be hungry and we the taxpayers would save billions.
Tobacco and alcohol should be banned from purchase by welfare funds. No cash should be allowed to be pulled off of any assistance cards except at banks and should be limited to a very low percentage of funds.
I know one family w/ five kids and the Mom wants more b/c well, her butt is covered, so why not? We have a family of three (1 child) and I buy on sale, use coupons and make much of our food myself. I still can't get close to her low bills b/c of all the help they get. I used to work over 50hrs a week and still not have health insurance b/c they wouldn't give me full time at just one place. They still complain about "sacrifices". Meanwhile the people who really did suffer in wars aren't getting the help they need and have to wait so long for care. UNacceptible.They get all this help and still have money to start up a business, while he is raking in money from his military job and will get a pension soon. (He gets to retire quite young.) I am angry b/c we worked for years, have been saving since our twenties to try to get ahead and all we got was crap from people. The stock market crud eats most of what we save every ten friggin' years b/c no one wants to reign them in. I know I will probably be hated for this and that there are many military people who don't get what they deserve, but this is going on a lot, everywhere, and it has to be said. GET OFF the taxpayer teat! Unless you are wounded or have chronic legitimate condition, make your own way after duty.
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