SNAP is Vital Program for Struggling U.S. Veterans - "For many veterans and military families, SNAP works well to lessen the burden of being unable to afford enough food," writes Linda Bopp, executive director of Hunger Solutions New York, in this letter to the editor. Veterans Day is a day to honor and recognize "those who volunteered to serve our country," writes Bopp. But "we need to demonstrate our gratitude" and "cannot allow thousands of New York's active service members and veterans [to] battle food insecurity." SNAP outreach through Hunger Solutions New York's Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Veterans' and Military Families' Initiative has connected more than 7,060 veterans and families to nutrition assistance. Nationwide last year, more than $100 million in SNAP benefits helped veterans and families purchase food in commissaries.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched a Women Veterans hotline – 1.855.VA.WOMEN (829.6636) – to help women veterans and their families learn about the department's healthcare services and resources.
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