Connecting with Veterans

Through the month of October, our posts will focus on connecting specifically with veterans and seniors in your community!

It may come as a surprise to some that many veterans rely on SNAP to provide nutritious food for their families and themselves. In 2014, the USDA reported that 7% of veterans, over 1.5 million individuals, received SNAP benefits. Another 1-2% of active duty military depend on SNAP benefits, further breaking the ill-informed stereotype of the typical SNAP recipient.

The same income limits for SNAP eligibility apply to veterans and active duty military, though Combat pay, Hostile Fire pay, and Imminent Danger Pay are not counted as income for SNAP. Under SNAP guidelines, veterans and their dependents are also considered disabled (and more likely to qualify for SNAP) if they are permanently housebound, in need of regular aid and attendance, or are a surviving spouse or child of a veteran who is receiving Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and is considered to be disabled.

Reach out to your local VA office or clinic to let them know your market accepts and doubles SNAP and proudly welcomes veterans! Find a VA center near you here.

Spread the word:: Wholesome Wave Georgia will be conducting a SNAP enrollment at the Fort McPherson VA Community Clinic in East Point Saturday, October 17, from 8am-2pm.