Military families may face a $3k food bill hike
February 25th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
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A military family could see grocery bills go up by $3,000 a year under the latest Pentagon budget proposal.

Grocery stores for military families, also called commissaries, will be able to offer fewer savings over the next three years as the Department of Defense would slash most of the taxpayer subsidies that prop up these stores, according to the plan released Monday.

Each year, $1.4 billion in taxpayer dollars go to 178 commissaries nationwide and 67 located overseas. The Department of Defense plans to slash $1 billion of those subsidies, mostly affecting the U.S. stores.

The cuts are part of a broader budget plan that aims to make the armed forces leaner and more responsive to threats like cyber attacks from China than land wars in the Middle East.

Besides paring back grocery savings, the Pentagon would also cap military pay raises at 1% in 2015 and trim housing subsidies for families who don't live on bases. They will also no longer be reimbursed for rental insurance.

Families are likely to feel the sharpest pain every week when they shop for their grocery. By the end of the third year, the savings will be slashed by about two-thirds, a senior defense official acknowledged on Monday.

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  1. crittermom2

    No one is suggesting we should be charging them extra for shopping at the exchange, just that the discount will not be as much. It's a very nice perk for military families, and probably more necessary for those overseas, but really, they'll still be getting a good deal.

    February 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm |
  2. John Doe

    I have read a very similar article last week. But what people that write these should remember, us in the military pay taxes like everyone else and the same amount. Food stamps are from tax dollars. So essentially the government is giving us our money back but only to buy what they want us to buy. The government is no different than the railroad companies 100 years ago. They would use slaves to build the railroad. Instead of paying them money they could spend wherever they choose, they would pay them in tickets or tokens that could only be spent at the stores the railroad company owned. Sound familiar????.

    February 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm |
  3. Marty Miller

    Bull! Why put the burden on those that have fought and have protected this great country and the hide of the ...... that's living in our White House and screwing this country up. If anything these families deserve a break. Take the money out of the hand of those that broke into this country and are stealing from honest, hardworking citizens and the military, the illegals and from the scum that prefers to sit on their azzes and do nothing. Pathetic!!! We need to remove these politicians that give to the losers and thieves and take from the honest Americans and DO IT NOW!!!

    February 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm |
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