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  •  And the numbers keep growing. (6+ / 0-)

    A couple of years ago I included this information in a diary when the GOP wanted to close domestic commissaries:

    According to the Army Times, food stamp use in military commissaries has increased nearly 40% in the last year.  The increase is striking as it follows two other years where military usage outstripped civilian increases.

    2008 — Commissaries: up 21%; Nationwide: up 14%
    2009 — Commissaries: up 75%; Nationwide: up 46%
    2010 — Commissaries: up 38%; Nationwide: up 19%
    Sources: Defense Commissary Agency, Agriculture Department

    I don't know what the current figures are, but I suspect that if they have gone down it would be due to benefit cuts and not lack of need.

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