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Military Families Pay More At Commissaries Under New Proposal

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Proposed DoD cuts hurt military families

The fear that the Department of Defense would close stateside commissaries has been replaced by the realization that while commissaries will stay open, the price of groceries could go up.

Stars and Stripes reports Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presented a proposal Monday that would cut taxpayer subsidies to commissaries from $1.4 billion each year down to $400 million.

Military Spouse Magazine founder Babette Maxwell explained to NBC News that the proposal breaks a promise made between military families and the government. Service members agree to lower salaries in exchange for discounts at commissaries:

"This is a pay cut, pure and simple... It's going to be painful.

“As much as we’d like to pretend that Department of Defense leaders are dialed into what’s happening in boots-on-the-ground families, they’re not. We are. We know what our families can afford. They don’t."

An unnamed senior defense official told the Wall Street Journal the price hike at commissaries would also devastate low-income veterans who depend on the discounts to make ends meet:

"These are near and dear to the retired population's heart. The commissaries will be a battle."

According to a 2013 study conducted by the Defense Commissary Agency, commissary shoppers pay 30 percent less for groceries than they would at supermarkets, club stores, drug stores, discount department stores, and even dollar stores.

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Avatar for user 'PatrickA51'

PatrickA51 | February 25, 2014 at 10:19 a.m. ― 7 months, 1 week ago

As long as President O'Schmuck and his regime, is in office he will destroy our Military and the United States of America!

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | February 25, 2014 at 12:51 p.m. ― 7 months, 1 week ago

The above comment is so ignorant.

We have problems at home that need attention, like our crumbling infrastructure.

We've spent trillions to build infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's time to curb the spending and focus at home for once.

Even with these reductions, we will still be the world's largest military spending nation, by FAR.

We will still have the largest military industrial complex in the world, by FAR.

To say that the President is "destroying the militray" is just psychotic back-woods hillbilly talk, most likely from someone who profits off of the trillions of dollars of tax-payer funds that go into this military industiral complex!

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