Study: 1 in 4 Afghanistan/Iraq Vets Need Food Help

Updated: 05/07/2014 10:33 AM
Created: 05/07/2014 6:00 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- New research by the University of Minnesota has found both men and women who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan wars are in greater need of food assistance.

The study believes our newest veterans have financial hardships that make accessing sufficient food more difficult compared to the average citizen.

“We found that 27 percent of veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan don’t have consistent access to sufficient food,” said University of Minnesota researcher Rachel Widome, Ph.D.,. “That’s drastically higher than the prevalence of food insecurity in the U.S., which is 14.5 percent.”

Research was conducted with the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs, and surveyed 922 veteran records.

Other factors of food insecurity among veterans include:

  • Are young, report poor general health, are not married/partnered or not employed/on active duty
  • Have lower income, reported a lower final military paygrade, or live with children

“It is unacceptable that so many men and women who fought for our country struggle to afford food now that they are back home,” said Widome. “We hope this research prompts discussion on how to help veterans currently struggling to access food.” 

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