Study author Rachel Widome: “The estimates for the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq range between $4 and $6 trillion. They went on for over a decade. I just think it’s unconscionable that such a sizeable proportion of our military that we sent to fight these wars are struggling to afford food.”
Susan Perry, MinnPost
05/08/14 | A stunning 27 percent of U.S. military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have difficulty putting food on their tables, according to a study published online Thursday by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System.
That percentage is substantially higher than the already disturbing 14.5 percent of all American households that are similarly “food insecure,” or unable to reliably access sufficient amounts or quality of food to be healthy.
Susan Perry writes Second Opinion for MinnPost, covering consumer health. She has written several health-related books and her articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Minnesota M.