“I respect that this is what they’re trying to do to make sure that a soldier is taken care of,” he said. In Central Texas, Operation Phantom Support, a program that provides free food and discount shopping items for active and retired military families, says they believe the bill could make a big difference. However, CEO John Valentine thinks there’s more that can be done. “The spouse is fed and the children are fed. My problem with it is I don’t think they’re doing a deep enough dive into the problem.”
“It was difficult because I have three kids and I have bills,” he said. Army Veteran Jose Justiniano says even before the COVID pandemic, feeding a family on an enlisted soldier’s pay can be very challenging.
“$250 could make a really big difference, especially soldiers with low rank. They can do only so many things with the bills they have to pay. So, this bill comes in handy.” According to the Defense Department, nearly one in four enlisted military members are facing food insecurity.
The bill is expected to be debated on the House floor come September 1. Copyright 2021 KWTX. All rights reserved. “When they come into basic training or AIT, they should sit down through a class were they’re taught everything about how to properly manage their income.”
“We need to take a deeper dive into soldiers readiness,” he said. A problem that there are not enough resources like his organization available to military families around the country. He also proposes that soldiers should be taught on how to properly budget.
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