Prosperity Watch (Issue 80, No. 2): Food assistance helps thousands of low-income veterans in North Carolina put food on the table

Nov. 13, 2017

This Veteran’s Day Weekend, North Carolina celebrated the service of veterans to our country and fight for the American Dream.  And yet for many veterans in our state that very American Dream remains blocked off by a lack of jobs, affordable housing, food and health insurance. 

As a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released last week points out, the unemployment rate for veterans ages 25-34 was higher than that of civilians in the same age group in 2016. Additionally, 1.4 million recent veterans reported a service-connected disability in 2016. These barriers, as well as challenges with transferring skills into the civilian labor force, make it difficult for veterans to fully participate in their communities when they return to the United States.

North Carolina prides itself on being a military- and veteran-friendly state, and yet far too many veterans continue to face challenges in making ends meet and living well. Public policy choices play a critical role in ensuring that veterans have the tools to get connected to opportunity upon their return.  Food assistance is a critical tool that nearly 1.5 million veterans across the country receive to put food on their tables. It is a policy that kept 8.8 million people above the poverty line in 2014. In North Carolina, 56,000 veterans lived in households that participated in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) over the past year.

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