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In Oregon, Veterans Day is Every Day

PHOTO: Veterans make up 11 percent of Oregon's population, but 20 percent of the households that visited Oregon Food Bank locations in 2012 included a veteran. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.
PHOTO: Veterans make up 11 percent of Oregon's population, but 20 percent of the households that visited Oregon Food Bank locations in 2012 included a veteran. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.
November 29, 2013

ONTARIO, Ore. - One in five families that receive emergency food during the year is a veteran's family, according to the Oregon Food Bank. Joblessness and homelessness are higher among military veterans than other populations. And with winter setting in, groups are reaching out to let vets know that help is available.

In Ontario, Bob Sanderson works part-time for Veterans Advocates of Ore-Ida. He said he knows how hard it is to ask for help, since he's had to do it, too.

"I don't run around with my hand out, palm up, and I am a disabled veteran. I'd never thought about ever needing any help, and suddenly I did. And it helps, I'll be honest with you," Sanderson said.

He appreciates the $60 dollars a month he receives in SNAP (food stamp) benefits, he added. It was $74 dollars, but that was cut on Nov. 1 as part of a system-wide benefit reduction. In 2014, it will mean more than $4 million fewer food stamp dollars distributed to Oregon veterans.

Jeff Kleen, public policy advocate, Oregon Food Bank, said foot traffic has already picked up at food pantries around the state - many of them military families.

"One of the bitter ironies of the timing of the Nov. 1 SNAP cuts is that households will typically run out of benefits by the fourth week of the month - when we celebrate Thanksgiving," Kleen said.

The Oregon Food Bank also is hoping donations will pick up through the holidays. The USDA said the SNAP cuts for a four-person family equate to about 21 meals, or what would feed one family member for a week. And Congress is debating reducing nutrition program funding even more.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR