To the Editor:
Why are United States military active, retired and their families going to food banks to supplement their meals?
Why are our military personnel applying and found eligible for food stamps in Bell, Coryell, Milam, Williamson counties and across America?
A plethora of newly constructed homes, retail and commercial business, universities and $50 billion was recently designated to Fort Hood. It sounds like paradise. Prosperity and abundance.
So why are this area’s, statewide and national food banks shelves empty?
Why is it the Killeen Daily Herald, Austin American-Statesman, statewide newspapers, national newspapers and magazines are printing the plight of our soldiers and their families regularly?
This pathetic subject must no longer go unchallenged.
I recently viewed a commercial that was begging for a $19 donation to support a veteran. Are you kidding me?
Every day we expect our military to put their lives on the line, leave their families, accept substandard medical care and pay while saluting their superiors with a smile.
It’s pitiful and I am ashamed. I am ashamed to live in a financially lucrative area such as Harker Heights while volunteers at area schools are packing PBJ bags.
Do you know what PBJ bags are?
It is groups of compassionate teachers, parents and neighbors donating peanut butter and jelly for kids to take home on the weekends, including military kids, so they won’t be hungry. Their parents are working, the working poor.
Last weekend, the media smothered the nation about Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and 2013 inaugural activities. They are both worthy of celebrations and recognition.
Yet, President Obama and I am sure the late Martin Luther King Jr., would applaud this nation if we had spent our day of National Service, Jan. 19 or 20, filling the shelves of food banks.
Please contact local (congressional) representatives, Rep. John Carter, Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz and demand our soldiers be fed, protected and treated with the respect they deserve.
Freedom is not free.
Patricia Muldrow Roberts