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Food stamp purchases at military commissaries up 5%

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U.S. troops and their families used food stamps to buy $103.6 million worth of groceries in fiscal 2013, MoneyWatch reports.

The amount nearly doubles the $52.9 million in 2009, and it’s a 5% hike from 2012.

Newbie soldiers earn about $18,300 per year, and a two-person household would qualify for food stamps on that income, MoneyWatch notes.

Which begs the question: Why are we paying active-duty troops so little?

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