More than a quarter of US veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have difficulty getting enough food, almost double the food insecurity rate in the general population, according to new research.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs surveyed 922 US veterans and found that 27 percent reported not having access to enough food for three meals a day.
“We found that 27 percent of veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan don’t have consistent access to sufficient food,” study leader Rachel Widome from the University of Minnesota, said in a university news release.
“That’s drastically higher than the prevalence of food insecurity in the US, which is 14.5 percent,” she noted. Widome called the findings “shocking and disheartening.”
ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE, AND UNACCEPTABLE!
President Obama, throw Eric Shinseki out, between this and the VA hospital scandals, and put someone in charge of Veteran’s Affairs who will really, and practically, take care of our Veterans!!