Closing Thought–11Jan17

It’s all those damn “welfare queens”……..

Has anyone noticed that the dullards on the Right have not moved past the Reagan years?  35 years after the “Great Ronnie” and they still hate anyone that needs food stamps or help surviving.

And they are still pushing their “patriotic” stuff about the military….they worship those vets and will thank them for their service whenever the cameras are on.  But basically that is as far as the “patriotic” theme goes.

So my question is… do they feel about soldiers families that cannot survive without assistance like food stamps?  Are these people as worthless as the Ronnie “welfare queens”?

25 percent of the nation’s total active duty and reserve personnel – that are seeking aid from food pantries and other charitable programs across the country, according to a rare inquiry about the food insecurity of troops and veterans conducted by Feeding America, a hunger relief charity, that will be released Monday. Another 2.37 million households including veterans receive assistance from food pantries that are part of Feeding America’s network (this figure doesn’t include households where both a former and current service member reside).

The help is sought for various reasons, experts say: For active duty, pressures include low pay, poor financial planning by junior soldiers, the difficulty for spouses to hold steady jobs amid base transfers and deployments, and the higher costs of living in some states.

Now that we have a new “ruler”, a Congress dominated by the GOP I am sure that food stamps will be in the firing line…along with Obamacare….

Basically, who cares about those damn soldiers and their families?  They should have made better choices with their lives, right?  (Hopefully you realize that that statement was sarcasm)

To be fair (something not known on the Right) there have been reports that our newly elected prez will do something about the military pay….what that is is anyone’s guess….but hopefully he will do the right thing for the troops and their families.

19 thoughts on “Closing Thought–11Jan17

  1. Trump should reallocate some of that wasted $125 billion from the Pentagon to every active/retired military service person and their families. You could give each of the 2.37 million households $50,000 and still have some money left over to fund the assistance programs that benefit our veterans. Anyone that thinks that is a bad idea can suit up, ship out, and fight the wars we’ve started all around the world. Perhaps perspectives may change after that, just saying.

  2. The happy fact is that anybody who knows the least little thing about how the US Military operates ought to know that there is a program on the government books designed to lift needy military families above the need for common food stamps and the name of that program is: “The Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA).” Soldiers and other members of the US Military have no need of food stamps.

      1. That amounts to $275 per week for food:

        The Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) program was established to supplement a military member’s income to a high enough level so that the member’s family doesn’t need to get benefits under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program.

        Anybody that cannot feed a family on $275 a week must have one helluva big family!

        The max allotment from SNAP for a family of Seven People is $1,022.00.

        Of course food assistance isn’t the only benefit allowed to the military so this could go on and on and go nowhere because some people are going to believe whatever they want to believe and they are always going to find some kind of number or statistic to prove their point.

        The point is that the military takes care of their own.

      2. The Military takes care of their own. — I suffered the loss of everything we owned in an apartment fire when I was living off base in the Air Force in 1964 and with the aid of Air Force Family Services and the Red Cross we got through comfortably. Between them they replaced all the furniture and provided money and assistance to get clothing — everything! — The Military takes care of their own and I know that because I have been there and done that. There is no better substitute for “Belief” than actual experience.

      3. You were truly blessed….1964 was a different time when the military meant something to the country…not so much these days.

      4. Very few of the Veterans I talk to have any complaints and if they do they are minor ones … and I am always talking to Vets from every era since Vietnam through Desert Storm and Iraq — I believe a lot of the problems ascribed to the VA come from people who have no contact or communication with either the institution or the Veterans it serves or have some kind of agenda that serves the insane thought of making the whole thing private. — Whatever it is, I think it is some kind of ax grinding because the Vets I talk to do not seem to have all the problems some people would say they are experiencing.

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