Friday, October 20, 2006

Shameful America: Hungry Military Families

Nicole Belle writes on Crooks and Liars:

San Diego Union-Tribune:

The women and children who formed a line at Camp Pendleton last week could have been waiting for a child-care center to open or Disney on Ice tickets to go on sale.

Instead, they were waiting for day-old bread and frozen dinners packaged in slightly damaged boxes. These families are among a growing number of military households in San Diego County that regularly rely on donated food.

As the Iraq war marches toward its fourth anniversary, food lines operated by churches and other nonprofit groups are an increasingly valuable presence on military bases countywide. Leaders of the charitable groups say they're scrambling to fill a need not seen since World War II.
Wonderful. We'll ask the troops to put their lives on the line in the Middle East, but Congress can't pony up a little more cash so their families at home can afford to eat. Meanwhile, how much has Congress given to Halliburton and its subsidiaries in no-bid contracts for Iraq?



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