Food stamp purchases at military commissaries up 5%


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?