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Pockets of the veteran population are experiencing food insecurity at unusually high rates, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is taking steps to understand and combat the problem. It now screens veterans for hunger, and many of its facilities offer food banks onsite.

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As of April 2018, almost 300,000 Bexar County residents and 3.7 million Texans receive benefits from the nationwide Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, better known as SNAP. 

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Two democratic San Antonio Congressmen — Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio — are speaking out against the proposed Farm Bill and cuts to the supplemental nutrition assistance program, also known as SNAP.

The bill would introduce stricter work requirements and reduce the amount of money provided to recipients.

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On this episode of “Texas Matters”:

  • How are anti-Trump activists preparing for the possibility that President Trump will fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller?
  • New data shows that the Texas maternal mortality problem isn’t as bad as it was thought. So now what (11:10)?
  • How the Farm Bill could take away benefits from the poor in Texas (22:50).

Thousands of military households rely on government food assistance programs, but the Pentagon doesn't track how many service members have trouble feeding their families.