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Local Vets: Why Do Guard Members Need Food Bank?

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 06:33 PM CDT

The Texas National Guard sent troops to the Lower Rio Grande Valley to support "Operation Strong Safety."  Their presence has been controversial, even more so after some members approached a local food bank looking for help.

Here's some reaction from Central Texas Veterans:

Harold Mills: "Actually I don't think they don't need to be down there in the first place, and having to go to the food pantry is really ridiculous."

Joe Ramirez: "We should be getting paid enough! More than enough! If not some kind of voucher to cover our food expenses to cover whatever we need when we're doing our job away from home."

Bryan Robinson: "I definitely don't think that's right.  They should take better care of the boys and treat them like what they are... defenders of our nation."

Guard officials declined to be interviewed on camera but issued a statement saying the Texas National guard offers "robust services to its service members and their families who identify a need." But, they do suggest members with existing financial hardships inquire at local social service organizations.  Texas National Guard members' families can click here to go to the Family Services web page or call 1-800-252-8032.

Meanwhile Congressman Roger Williams, speaking to constituents in West Lake Hills, says what would really help our military is to have a secure job waiting for them.  He says, "You know a lot of them because of what I call the Obama economy... a lot of high unemployment... a lot of our troops don't have jobs... and that is wrong and we need to fix the economy."

By Fred Cantu

Local Vets: Why Do Guard Members Need Food Bank?

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