Even vets who need aid want to keep contributing

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When the men and women who serve our country leave the military, they’re told they have a nation full of people indebted to them. They’re told they will be helped when they need help, looked after for when times are tough. And time and time again, our government fails them.

It fails them by imposing government barriers to licensed jobs, making it difficult for military service to directly translate to the private sector. It fails them by using them as a political talking point during debates, rather than fully addressing the issues they face. And it fails them by suggesting they are not worthy of providing for themselves and for their families.

Each time an able-bodied veteran is enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, once known as food stamps) — with no requirement that he or she work while receiving benefits — that is what they are being told. But our veterans — like all Americans — deserve more than to be handed an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card and forgotten about.