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Military Moms Seeing Red Over Ketchup Gate 2013

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A Washington Post article suggesting military families are taking advantage of the American taxpayer because they pay wholesale costs on food items like ketchup has many military moms seeing red.

The Post quoted corporate strategist Michael Bayer as saying:

“This is crazy. the federal government in the business of selling so many sizes of ketchup?”

It's Ketchup Gate 2013, and it's ON.

A blogger on wrote directly to the Post article's writer:

"What you forgot to throw in was in exchange for all these wonderful benefits that you so gracefully put on blast without any explanation of them or how they really work, these military members give up months and years with their families. Some give up limbs, their sanity and even their life."

Military wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher wrote sarcastically on the blog

"It’s only been a little over a decade of constant war and never-ending deployments, hardly what we’d call a major hardship. And don’t we spend billions of tax-payer dollars training you to do your job? After all, what’s a little PTSD when you’ve got an endless buffet of milk and honey, or in this case ketchup and mustard, at your fingertips?"

Amy Bushatz wrote "An Open Letter To Military Benefits Haters" on SpouseBuzz which explains that it's the TONE of the Post article that has her steaming mad:

"Servicemembers, retirees and their families, the tone says, are acting like privileged brats for expecting, accepting and clinging to the benefits which encourage them to stay military or even to join in the first place...

It’s a tone that says if you had to join the military to make it through life you are, logically, a substandard American worker and you do not warrant compensation in excess or even equal to the civilian market. Civilians are people who have choices and didn’t take the easy out of Uncle Sam. Military are people who are living off the tax payer."

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