National Institute on Aging
Food insecurity is a growing U.S. problem among military and veteran families. Data from 2020-21 suggest that between 1 in 5 and 1 in 3 military families experienced food insecurity in the last year: with disabled veterans experiencing even greater risks. This issue brief describes the policy revisions needed to programs such as SNAP, the Social Security Administration’s Disability Insurance Program, and the Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation Program to ensure our military members are food secure.
Veterans, Military Families, Food Insecurity, SNAP
Health Policy | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Administration | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
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The author is an affiliate of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, which receives funding from the National Institute on Aging (grant # 1P30AG066583). Special thanks to Shannon Monnat, Alexandra Punch and William Clay Fannin for help editing this brief
Heflin, Colleen, "Food Insecurity among Military and Veteran Families" (2021). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 137.
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