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From the Army's perspective, the meal charges follow Army rules that are supposed to prohibit soldiers from getting free food as well as a separate food budget. But the only soldiers prohibited from getting both, under the new rules, are the long-term outpatients....
But here's how the new rules drain hundreds of dollars a month from the pockets of soldiers: Enlisted soldiers get an extra $267.18 every month in their paychecks for food. So before this month, all soldiers at Walter Reed got free food at the chow hall and extra cash. Soldiers say they received that extra food money while they were serving in Iraq, too, and they just let their families spend it on groceries. Now, though, the outpatient soldiers forced to buy meals at Walter Reed say they could spend around $15 a day if they eat three square meals at the dining hall -- about $3 for breakfast and around $6 each for lunch and dinner. That adds up to $450 a month, $183 more than soldiers' food allowance from the military. (The situation is even worse for officers, who get only $183.99 extra each month for a food allowance.) The soldiers at Walter Reed point out that that they don't have the option of eating at home to save money because they are stuck at the hospital.
drastic cuts in benefits that he critisized Clinton for begining. So if he didn't like it, WHY IS BUSH ACCELERATING IT?
Originally posted by w555hc
I just sent my Senator and Congressmen a blistering letter about this. I am retired military and this don't play well with the military community.
Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
well I think the democrats now have a platform and a viable Bi-partisan cause if they want to take it...
I don't think we should be handing out land and absolving taxes for our troops, because it is a job. afterall..