US Army Suggests Soldiers Sign Up for Food Stamps to Alleviate Inflation Pains
Amid rising commodity prices, the US Army has taken action to help its troops and their families ensure they can afford the daily necessities: it’s not a raise, it’s a link to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.
According to Fox News, the Department of the Army issued the new guidance recently as part of its Financial Readiness Program, in which it indicated that “service members and their families may be eligible” for SNAP and provided them with a link to the program’s website and phone number.
“With inflation affecting everything from gas prices to groceries to rent, some soldiers and their families are finding it harder to get by on the budgets they’ve set and used before,” guidance from Sergeant Major Michael Grinston said.
“Soldiers of all ranks can seek guidance, assistance, and advice through the Army’s Financial Readiness Program.”
A program run by the US Department of Agriculture, SNAP is a means-tested program that provides money on a biweekly basis to low-income families in a special account, which they can only spend on certain food items. Non-food items, alcohol, vitamins and medicines, food intended to be consumed where it is prepared, and hot foods such as rotisserie chickens are all excluded from the program, meaning SNAP funds cannot be used to buy them.
Other items mentioned in the Army’s guidance include the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which provides student loan forgiveness for military members and government employees after a certain number of years in service.