April 6, 2022

Veterans Voices: Before and after for veterans

John Stewart writes:

"The “day after.” No, not the 1980s movie thriller about nuclear warfare. Though as we observe events in Ukraine by Russia, perhaps it is a tragic possibility; one that, should it happen, will once again need the countless sacrifices again of America’s servicemen and servicewomen to defend world freedom.


Do not forget the veterans’ families. Having no father or mother, perhaps both if they were in the military. For months and years on end. Children having to grow without needed parental guidance. Spouses suffering horribly with worry and financial situations year after year. According to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], for example, in 2020 there were 116,000 veterans in Florida using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), providing food to low income households as a difference between having enough to eat or an empty stomach. Roughly 8 percent of veterans in Florida participated in the program, more than any other state in a total of 1.2 million participating veterans from 2017-2019 across America. They need not only need help but should be recognized and honored for their sacrifices."

Read more at chronicleonline.com

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