This research review addresses food insecurity among veterans, linking it to adverse health outcomes and increased suicide risk. Despite routine screenings by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, food-insecure veterans have lower enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) than nonveterans. The research examines nuanced reasons for veterans' SNAP participation, highlighting disparities in initiation, termination, and benefit utilization patterns. Older veterans and those with disabilities are identified as underserved groups, emphasizing the need to improve SNAP accessibility for them. The findings also stress the importance of early interventions to support at-risk service members. This IVMF review also provides valuable insights for shaping policies and guiding future research on veterans, food insecurity, and SNAP.

Original Citation

Dubowitz, T., Richardson, A. S., Ruder, T., & Gadwah-Meaden, C. (2023). Food Insecurity Among Veterans: Examining the Discrepancy Between Veteran Food Insecurity and Use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Rand Corporation.

Document Type



Military and Veterans Studies


2 pages


Food insecurity, Military veterans, Nutrition, Poverty, Social services, Welfare


Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University





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