Food-stamp use at Fort Hood commissaries drops $81,000

While food-stamp use rose steadily nationwide at commissaries, the use at Fort Hood dropped by $81,000 in 2013.

Known since 2008 as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, about 6.6 million people living in 22.3 million U.S. households receive assistance. About 5,000 of those users are active-duty military, or 0.01 percent.

“Most soldiers, unless they’ve got a very large family, are not going to qualify,” said Karen Bradshaw, Fort Hood’s Army Community Service Financial Readiness Branch manager.

In the communities surrounding Fort Hood, food stamp use is higher. About 12 percent of Bell County residents utilized the benefit in March, spending $4.25 million, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In Coryell County, about 9 percent of residents have access to the resource. About 0.36 percent of the total active-duty population uses SNAP. Read the full story at

Rose L. Thayer

Soldier who tried to sell explosives to be sentenced next month

A Fort Hood soldier will be sentenced next month for stealing explosives from the installation and trying to sell them.

Spc. Tyler Glen Patrick, 23, of Copperas Cove, pleaded guilty April 3 in federal court to a charge of possession and transportation of stolen explosive material. Judge Walter S. Smith scheduled a May 28 sentencing hearing for Patrick, according to court records. Patrick could face up to 10 years in prison.

Chris McGuinness

SMA lists ‘top 5’ concerns of soldiers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Possible changes to military retirement benefits ranks as the number-one concern of soldiers, the Army’s top enlisted member told senators. In testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler said the “top five” concerns for soldiers are retirement reform, readiness, fiscal uncertainty, indiscipline in the ranks and regulatory changes such as uniform and personal appearance standards.

Army News Service

IMCOM welcomes new commander

SAN ANTONIO — Lt. Gen. David Halverson took command of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command from Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter during a ceremony on MacArthur Parade Field, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston on April 8.

Halverson, who also becomes the Army’s assistant chief of staff for installation management, came to IMCOM from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, where he served as deputy commander for almost two years.

“When we go to war, it is IMCOM that stays home and takes care of our families,” said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell, who presided over the ceremony. “So, we put our best and brightest to that task. I have full faith in this new team.”

Army News Service

Temple VA starts construction

TEMPLE — As two projects bringing improved facilities and service get underway at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center in Temple, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System asks for the cooperation and patience of veterans, visitors and employees.

“Construction is the sign of an active organization working to advance its capabilities and improve its infrastructure , but construction also brings challenges,” said Sallie A. Houser-Hanfelder. “Although our staff is working hard to lessen the inconvenience to our veterans, our current reality is that we are loosing approximately 100 parking slots, so we are encouraging our visitors to take advantage of our free valet parking.”

Two station shuttles run continuously Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to help provide transportation around the campus.

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App veterans to hotlines, resources

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission developed a mobile phone app to give Texas veterans quick access to crisis hotlines and other resources.

“The freedoms we enjoy today are made possible by the men and women who serve and sacrifice for this country; it is our responsibility as Texans to do all we can to give back to them,” Gov. Rick Perry said.

The app, which can be downloaded from both Google Play and the App Store, works on most iPhones and Android mobile phones.

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