Sending Office: Honorable Timothy J. Walz
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most effective anti-hunger program in US history. SNAP has helped keep many of our veterans from going hungry when they return home from war. In my home state of Minnesota alone, about 16,000 of
our 320,000 veterans receive SNAP benefits. Across the country, close to 1.5 million veterans and 23,000 active-duty service members use SNAP to help put food on the table. In 2017 alone, about $55 million in SNAP purchases were completed at military commissaries.
As a 24-year veteran of the Army National Guard, I learned to never leave a fellow soldier behind. That is why the possibility of a fellow veteran going hungry is simply unacceptable. One veteran being denied the basic human necessity of a meal is one too
many. It is indefensible that H.R. 2 risks creating barriers to access for veterans who rely on SNAP, instead of strengthening and making commonsense improvements to the program to ensure our service members get the help they need and deserve.
Our veterans already face an uphill battle to employment when they come home. So many of our veterans struggle with service-related trauma, mental or physical disabilities that might be invisible or undiagnosed, or difficulty converting military experience
to civilian employment. I will not impose the work requirements and time limits proposed in H.R. 2 on veterans who are trying to recover from wounds suffered in service to our country.
The Farm Bill has never been perfect, but in the past it has been the good-faith result of a bipartisan process that we could be proud of. We must reject this partisan Farm Bill and instead work together to strengthen and protect SNAP for the millions who
are counting on us across the country.
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
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