MUCH THEIR FAMILIES ARE SACRIFICING. MANY SAY THEY’RE ARE SACRIFICING. MANY SAY THEY’RE BATTLING HUNGER AS MANY SAY THEY’RE BATTLING HUNGER AS THEY FACE THE HIGH BATTLING HUNGER AS THEY FACE THE HIGH COST OF LIVING WHERE THEY FACE THE HIGH COST OF LIVING WHERE THEY’RE BASED. COST OF LIVING WHERE THEY’RE BASED. CYNTHIA McFADDEN ON A THEY’RE BASED. CYNTHIA McFADDEN ON A GROWING PROBLEM. CYNTHIA McFADDEN ON A GROWING PROBLEM. DESIREE MEYER NEVER GROWING PROBLEM. DESIREE MEYER NEVER EXPECTED — HER DESIREE MEYER NEVER EXPECTED — HER BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A EXPECTED — HER BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A MILITARY SPOUSE WOULD BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A MILITARY SPOUSE WOULD BE FEEDING HER FOUR MILITARY SPOUSE WOULD BE FEEDING HER FOUR KIDS. BE FEEDING HER FOUR KIDS.>>WE JUST HAVE TO GET KIDS.>>WE JUST HAVE TO GET CREATIVE.>>WE JUST HAVE TO GET CREATIVE. SOME DAYS WE HAVE CREATIVE. SOME DAYS WE HAVE BREAD DRIVES. SOME DAYS WE HAVE BREAD DRIVES.>>Reporter: THE TRUCK BREAD DRIVES.>>Reporter: THE TRUCK ARRIVES EVERY TWO>>Reporter: THE TRUCK ARRIVES EVERY TWO WEEKS FULL OF FRUITS ARRIVES EVERY TWO WEEKS FULL OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. WEEKS FULL OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.>>WE ARE 80% MILITARY AND VEGETABLES.>>WE ARE 80% MILITARY AND 30% FREE REDUCED>>WE ARE 80% MILITARY AND 30% FREE REDUCED LUNCH. AND 30% FREE REDUCED LUNCH.>>WHEN YOU HEAR THAT LUNCH.>>WHEN YOU HEAR THAT IT IS ON THE FRONT>>WHEN YOU HEAR THAT IT IS ON THE FRONT LINE FOR THE REST US, IT IS ON THE FRONT LINE FOR THE REST US, SERVING, TO GO BED LINE FOR THE REST US, SERVING, TO GO BED HUNGRY SOMETIMES, IT’S SERVING, TO GO BED HUNGRY SOMETIMES, IT’S SHOCKING. HUNGRY SOMETIMES, IT’S SHOCKING.>>YEAH. SHOCKING.>>YEAH. YEAH.>>YEAH. YEAH. TO GO BED HUNGRY AND YEAH. TO GO BED HUNGRY AND LONELY BECAUSE THEIR TO GO BED HUNGRY AND LONELY BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS ARE GONE. LONELY BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS ARE GONE. SOMETIMES. PARENTS ARE GONE. SOMETIMES.>>Reporter: DAN MEYER SOMETIMES.>>Reporter: DAN MEYER IS WELL AWARE OF THAT.>>Reporter: DAN MEYER IS WELL AWARE OF THAT. HE IS IN IS WELL AWARE OF THAT. HE IS IN COMMUNICATIONS IN THE HE IS IN COMMUNICATIONS IN THE NAVY. COMMUNICATIONS IN THE NAVY. HE MAKES $34,279 A NAVY. HE MAKES $34,279 A YEAR BEFORE TAXES. HE MAKES $34,279 A YEAR BEFORE TAXES. THAT’S JUST UNDER THE YEAR BEFORE TAXES. THAT’S JUST UNDER THE NATIONAL POVERTY LEVEL THAT’S JUST UNDER THE NATIONAL POVERTY LEVEL FOR A FAMILY OF SIX. NATIONAL POVERTY LEVEL FOR A FAMILY OF SIX. THE MILITARY DOES PAY FOR A FAMILY OF SIX. THE MILITARY DOES PAY FOR THEIR HOUSING. THE MILITARY DOES PAY FOR THEIR HOUSING. A SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT. FOR THEIR HOUSING. A SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT. BUT THEY CAN STILL A SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT. BUT THEY CAN STILL ONLY MAKE ENDS MEET BUT THEY CAN STILL ONLY MAKE ENDS MEET WITH HELP. ONLY MAKE ENDS MEET WITH HELP. VINCE HALL, CEO OF WITH HELP. VINCE HALL, CEO OF FEEDING SAN DIEGO, VINCE HALL, CEO OF FEEDING SAN DIEGO, KNOWS THIS ALL TOO FEEDING SAN DIEGO, KNOWS THIS ALL TOO WELL. KNOWS THIS ALL TOO WELL. LAST YEAR THIS FOOD WELL. LAST YEAR THIS FOOD RESCUE GROUP PROVIDED LAST YEAR THIS FOOD RESCUE GROUP PROVIDED 26 MILLION MEALS. RESCUE GROUP PROVIDED 26 MILLION MEALS. MANY TO MILITARY 26 MILLION MEALS. MANY TO MILITARY FAMILIES. MANY TO MILITARY FAMILIES.>>I TAKE GREAT PRIDE FAMILIES.>>I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THE WORK WE DO BUT>>I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THE WORK WE DO BUT I TAKE NO PRIDE IN THE IN THE WORK WE DO BUT I TAKE NO PRIDE IN THE FACT THAT OUR COUNTRY I TAKE NO PRIDE IN THE FACT THAT OUR COUNTRY STATIONS FAMILIES IN FACT THAT OUR COUNTRY STATIONS FAMILIES IN SAN DIEGO AND DOESN’T STATIONS FAMILIES IN SAN DIEGO AND DOESN’T PAY THEM ENOUGH MONEY SAN DIEGO AND DOESN’T PAY THEM ENOUGH MONEY TO LIVE IN SAN DIEGO. PAY THEM ENOUGH MONEY TO LIVE IN SAN DIEGO.>>AND IT’S BEEN JUST TO LIVE IN SAN DIEGO.>>AND IT’S BEEN JUST SAN DIEGO.>>AND IT’S BEEN JUST SAN DIEGO. OUR INVESTIGATION SAN DIEGO. OUR INVESTIGATION REVEALED, ONE IN THREE OUR INVESTIGATION REVEALED, ONE IN THREE CHILDREN ATTENDING REVEALED, ONE IN THREE CHILDREN ATTENDING D.O.D. RUN SCHOOLS ON CHILDREN ATTENDING D.O.D. RUN SCHOOLS ON MILITARY BASES ARE D.O.D. RUN SCHOOLS ON MILITARY BASES ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR FREE MILITARY BASES ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH. ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH. AT FORT STEWART IN AND REDUCED LUNCH. AT FORT STEWART IN GEORGIA, A WHOPPING AT FORT STEWART IN GEORGIA, A WHOPPING 65% ARE ELIGIBLE. GEORGIA, A WHOPPING 65% ARE ELIGIBLE. THE DEPARTMENT OF 65% ARE ELIGIBLE. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DECLINED OUR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DECLINED OUR MULTIPLE REQUESTS FOR DEFENSE DECLINED OUR MULTIPLE REQUESTS FOR INTERVIEW, INSTEAD MULTIPLE REQUESTS FOR INTERVIEW, INSTEAD SENDING AN EMAIL INTERVIEW, INSTEAD SENDING AN EMAIL SAYING THE PROBLEM IS SENDING AN EMAIL SAYING THE PROBLEM IS MINIMAL. SAYING THE PROBLEM IS MINIMAL. MILITARY MEMBERS ARE MINIMAL. MILITARY MEMBERS ARE VERY WELL PAID. MILITARY MEMBERS ARE VERY WELL PAID. THAT THERE IS A VERY WELL PAID. THAT THERE IS A SUBSIDIZED GROCERY THAT THERE IS A SUBSIDIZED GROCERY STORE ON EACH BASE. SUBSIDIZED GROCERY STORE ON EACH BASE. AND THAT FAMILIES CAN STORE ON EACH BASE. AND THAT FAMILIES CAN AVAIL THEMSELVES OF AND THAT FAMILIES CAN AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE FINANCIAL LITERACY AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING THE MILITARY THE FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING THE MILITARY PROVIDES. TRAINING THE MILITARY PROVIDES.>>I THINK IT IS A PROVIDES.>>I THINK IT IS A NATIONAL OUTRAGE.>>I THINK IT IS A NATIONAL OUTRAGE.>>SENATOR TAMMY NATIONAL OUTRAGE.>>SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH OF ILLINOIS>>SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH OF ILLINOIS IS SPONSORING DUCKWORTH OF ILLINOIS IS SPONSORING COMPLETION WOULD LIFT IS SPONSORING COMPLETION WOULD LIFT SOME MILITARY FAMILIES COMPLETION WOULD LIFT SOME MILITARY FAMILIES HIGHER THAN THE SOME MILITARY FAMILIES HIGHER THAN THE POVERTY LINE. HIGHER THAN THE POVERTY LINE.>>FRANKLY, INSTEAD OF POVERTY LINE.>>FRANKLY, INSTEAD OF IGNORING IT, WE SHOULD>>FRANKLY, INSTEAD OF IGNORING IT, WE SHOULD BE FIXING IT SO THEY IGNORING IT, WE SHOULD BE FIXING IT SO THEY CAN DO THEIR JOBS BE FIXING IT SO THEY CAN DO THEIR JOBS WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT CAN DO THEIR JOBS WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEIR WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEIR KIDS HAVE EMPTY WHETHER OR NOT THEIR KIDS HAVE EMPTY BELLIES. KIDS HAVE EMPTY BELLIES.>>SO THE ESTIMATE IS BELLIES.>>SO THE ESTIMATE IS BETWEEN $TWENTY AND>>SO THE ESTIMATE IS BETWEEN $TWENTY AND $30. BETWEEN $TWENTY AND $30.>>YES. $30.>>YES. A DROP IN THE BUCKET.>>YES. A DROP IN THE BUCKET.>>MEANWHILE, THE A DROP IN THE BUCKET.>>MEANWHILE, THE MEYER KIDS ARE ABOUT

100 thoughts on “Many American Military Families Struggling With Hunger | NBC Nightly News”

  1. THIS IS A SHAME. JUST LIKE THE VETERANS WITH MEDICAL. ALWAYS SOMETHING WRONG WHEN THE GOVERNMENT SO-CALLED 😰 TAKES CARE OF YOU

  2. When I was in the Navy in the 60s, enlisted and junior officers could not marry without permission and faced discharge if they did.
    Totally irresponsible to marry and have kids when you can be deployed on 2 weeks notice.
    The German govt. Amended their Constitution so that American Gis could get welfare. E3s have no business getting married !
    Military needs a " cannot get married" clause in their enlistment contracts.

  3. It sucks how people have no common sense. If you cant afford a Bentley or Mercedes than dont buy one. If you cant afford four kids than dont have so many. I was in the military and I thought they paid rather well. Then again I didnt have to support a wife who isnt working but instead taking care of four kids. Im sure my comment will be bashed by so many of the women that say its their right to have as many as they want…Im a women…with common sense.

  4. Our Government doesn't care about our military families.Our government doesn't lose any sleep or put there lives on the line. A bunch of spoiled greedy maggots, who leaches off taxpayers and underhand dealings. Then want to support illegal immigrants to win votes.Then tell American people there's no money. Our SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES deserve nothing but the best: free housing any where they choose to live,free education for their immediate family, and respect OUR SOLDIERS SO DESERVE. WHERE WE AMERICANS BE PROUD TO SERVE!

  5. California gives free food,free health care ,free education,free everything to illegals but our own citizens go hungry.

  6. Not just military many of us are struggling to eat here in America! Now that trump is president we are definitely suffering

  7. As a military wife, I disagree with this. Housing allowance, BSA, commissary privileges, military discounts, tri-care …..you can live decently. Of course you will have difficulty if you have 6 kids and debt…..just like any other American. Smdh……such crap news. And been station in Coronado San Diego!

  8. Service Americans without!!
    Politicians worried about free healthcare for foreigners !!
    This is a disgrace.

  9. I am a US Army veteran and when I was in active duty my family was barely cold survive with my paycheck. Then with this wages if someone higher in chain of command doesn't like you, the could repermend small mistakes with article 15 where you possibly do 45 days of extra duty and 45 days pay cut (in half) as the result.

  10. In the meantime … Illegal Aliens (Illegal Border Entry non-USA foreign nationals) are being subsidized by the Politicians and by California.

  11. I got a vasectomy. Super easy to afford 0 kids, but its anti biological and im not pleased about it. I knew families of 3 in the military who were on food stamps. You CANNOT get food stamps unless you qualify, but how can someone qualify while on federal pay? Because they have predetermined how much people need to afford, and military pay doesnt make the cut for over 6000 families. Military pay is total garbage. Civilian pay is garbage. We all need to stand up for ourselves and shut down american commerce until all wages are raised and a cap is set on pricing. This whole "the owner, board, and shareholders get all the money" crap has never worked and never will. Turn businesses over to employees or face the consequences of rampant incompetence.

  12. look at these military families complaining about hunger. being hungry is an opportunity! stop trying to steal from the wealthy!
    /s

  13. Well they aren't at the border so who cares?

    Certainly not democrats.

    AOC would probably laugh at this segment. Afterall…they're Americans.

  14. Well, everyone has an expensive taste. The lavish lifestyle has to be curbed. You don't need the trending clothing and the brand new car that gets most of your weekly budget. Stop having so many kids, 2 is the limit unless your wealthy. 2 kids will almost put you into poverty.

  15. This is definitely misleading, although I was never married I know military pay is pointed out very clearly. Having 2-4 kids on a lower enlisted pay will lead to problems. I’m not saying a person in the lower ranks is not entitled to having multiple kids, they need to remember having kids does not entitle the member to more money.

  16. America’s economy is doing great. Thanks to Trump the rich are doing great. The deserved the tax cut. Military personel, farmers and coal workers made the mistake of being poor. And of course by electing Trump. It is not their president. He only works for his family and the wealthy people. Get wise!

  17. You know what I have noticed? That you cannot stream live..NBC, CBS, OR ABC yet FOX news streams everything……YOU are helping FOX by not streaming…meanwhile Trumps zombies keep getting fed hourly while we have to beg you to post the ENTIRE nightly news broadcast on time……I am really disappointed….ughhh

  18. US has none military . Discovered in 2010 . I can proof it . If US has military , US don't have built the wall at border of Mexico .

  19. Yet we have American TRAITORS who care more about illegal aliens than our own American homeless adults , children and current Military/ Vets in need.

  20. These people are well paid and given great benifits. They also get discounts at nearly every place they shop. And home loans are given out like candy…
    Cry me a river..
    Perhaps dont buy that giant truck?

  21. I'm Retired Military , And I Can Guarantee You There's No Military Family In Today's Military Struggling To Eat , Not Even If Your Private , MORE FAKE NEWS ….

  22. God bless America right? Send you to die at war meanwhile your kids and spouse go hungry. People are just a number to the government just an expenditure that can vote

  23. Yeah meanwhile private dump earned over half billion last year, his son in law got loans over half a billion, his billionaire secretaries made several billions profit due to taxcut, most of the republican senators made over ten of millions due to taxcut…. why arent the republican boasting about the taxcut.. soo much winning for people .. taxcut for the poor.. of 60 dollar per year, but the premiums up over 2k per year.. yeah the common people got the best out of the taxcut and orange clown is clearly for the average joe…. gold plate cutlers for his family of course … a billionaire should not eat with plain poor silver.

  24. Probably in those Democrats Sanctuary State, cities, and towns. I never expected Americans selling out Americans in United States for illegal immigrants or migrants over a fellow Americans.

  25. Well, look to congress to take the required action on this and many other problems facing americans. Sorry, what was I thinking being americans everyone will have wait until everyone else coming here from other counties get their needs fulfilled first. Oh, and don't forget I hear from some in congress that congress needs a pay raise first as well.

  26. ??? I'm confused.
    My son is a Staff Sergeant in the Army with 4 children and another on the way. He just flew out 2 of his boys from SC to NY for the summer. I don't understand how others are budging their money.

  27. Can't feed your kids , then keep you legs closed ! And NBC news wants us to feed and house 30 million illegals !!!!!!!! I say let's make sure our military is fully taken care of first ! And ship those illegals out !!!!!

  28. the problem is within families they have 4 to 10 kids and start complaining about government not helping. everyone knows 1 kid is expensive.

  29. Rich men start wars, claim Deferments for their rich children and poor and middle class go to serve and die while their families starve! But said poor and middle class keep voting against their interest! Go Figure!

  30. I spent four years in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972. I made base pay of $12,000 total for those four years. I always worked part time jobs to have enough money to get by. But, in addition to base pay I received hazardous duty pay, separate rations allowance when I was living off-base and even got a half-day off each week for time to do my personal business in addition to the 30 days of paid vacation I got every year. It was not too bad.

    I worked for the US Army as a civilian for sixteen years ending in 2009 and I would say our troops are well paid these days. If a person joins and is unskilled at the beginning they might expect a somewhat lower wage in the beginning and maybe not have four and five and six kids right away. I know I waited until I was thirty and had steady employment before having children.

    Almost none of the GIs I worked with ever had part-time jobs and most drove new cars and many wives did not even work outside the home. The modern GI family also gets free housing including electricity and heat and even light bulbs and lawn mowers in addition to free medical care, reduced prices in commissaries and BX/PX stores, additional pay for high expense areas, like San Diego, and free gyms, auto-hobby shops, craft shops, and many more freebies. In addition most private companies give military discounts of 10% on many items.

    And, the military has been getting raises every year for a long long time while most of us and most government workers have seen little in wage increases at the same time. Stop the whining, you volunteered.

  31. She's got SIX kids? Maybe she shouldn't have taken that many? Or live a bit less expensive. No need for excess luxuries and if you're as fat as a pig you at least have enough food.

  32. And these people get angry of Muslims bc they make a lot of kids… It's not my problem that if you make a lot of kids… of course life will be expensive. I don't know who you are reading this, pls don't make more than 2 kids. If you want more than adopt it. There are many kids needs your help

  33. how dare you bore us with these patriots … we are fighting for illegal immigrants right for food and free healthcare =/

  34. I thought our economy is doing great. Why are people still struggling? Easy answer, our economy is NOT doing great.

  35. They not only pay for their housing, but their utilities as well. They also have Per diem expenses every time they travel, and there a grocery store on base is reduced prices. That should be plenty of money unless the wife doesn’t know how to live thrifty.

  36. California overall is very expensive to live in period. But military family on base should overall be fine. Simply someone actually believed in the phrase that it was cheaper by the dozen in which they faced the harsh reality that with children it clearly is not. If a adult wants to play, they must pay if protection is not utilized.

  37. U.S navy from 2000-08 (enlisted) I remember, there were some military families, and soldiers from different branches I met along the way whom were struggling financially. I was not allowed to live off base until I became an E4, until then the military kept me living on base, once I became an E4 then I was given housing/food allowances to live off base to make room for other junior personnel to live on base. I rented a beach house when I was station in San Diego, Corpus Christy, Tx, and Pensacola, Fl with 2-3 roommates depending on how many rooms the house had. after expenses we still had plenty of money left from the allowences thus using it to pay off car payments or leave the rest of the Money in the bank. I must add that as of today, many of these rental locations the rent has double or triple, and the cost of living around bases in big cities has gone up too, but I do not know if military salary and benefits have kept up with inflation.
    P.S I remember a chief whom had to live in military barracks, because he could not afford to live outside the base due to alimony and child support, the guy was always broke, and hated on me for being able to afford a car and a. Harley motorcycle.

  38. $34,279 a year and "FREE HOUSING" in San Diego!
    The average cost of rent in San Diego is $2,137 per month or $25,644 per year.
    So this family actually makes $59,923.00 a year. Plus they have access to a subsidized grocery store with discounted grocery prices!
    DON'T LET THEM KID YOU AMERICA… THEY ARE NOT SUFFERING BECAUSE OF A NEED FOR FOOD OR HOUSING!

    Another Fake News and False Narrative story by NBC! GO FIGURE!

  39. 34k and rent free.. that is huge.. financial advisers say you should spent up to 33% of your budget for rent… that’s an additional 11k they don’t pay… I guess they live like their employer and over spend…

  40. I would like for your team to investigate U.S. territories on this matters. If you think cost of living in San Diego is expensive, you should see how landlords overseas take advantage of the housing market; how utilities companies take advantage, etc. And, if you add to that the high unemployment among military spouses because U.S. companies do not consider U.S. territories part of the U.S. the numbers are staggering. The desperation of trying to make ends meet on one paycheck. The stress the main breadwinner is put through at home and at work is unbelievable.

  41. The poorest people have the most children; because, they expect more of themselves to die or get killed. So, start another war, to thin the heard, and let the vicious circle continue…..

  42. I am not so sure about this. I think we need to see her credit card and banking transactions for the past 3 months. I have female friend who's spouse is in the military, she told me she gets very good family allowance like $25K. I'm sure it's different for everyone but i have heard everyone gets decent allowance + okay pay with full benefit coverage. the video is very keen on the whole grocery thing like as if they don't spend on anything else. no information on the car she drives, the house she lives in, the phone she has, the cable tv she's subscribed to, etc etc….

  43. massive military budget that spends on everyone except the people at the front lines.
    The government contracts enrich those who can then spend more money on politicians' votes.

    Not everyone can buy bone spurs. Not everyone would. Let's remember those who didn't.

  44. They literally have no expenses besides food, and even that is discounted on base! The military pays for EVERYTHING else they need. These people don’t budget their money well at all.

  45. Kawaii Arcade masters. Military family based in Japan. Wife doesn't work. Makes money on YouTube posting videos of her gambling at arcades. Spends hundreds a week on junk. Eating most expensive food. Go watch. It's sad.

  46. But yet this Country gives Billions of Dollars away every year to Countries who can't stand us.Sickening to say the least.

  47. We have a food pantry out here and we get expired food from 2010 and spoil fruit… only a decent can of food.

  48. No military family should be going hungry. They should have free lunches and atleast enough food stamps to feed their family.

  49. Base housing or free hosing assistance if they want to move off base, free medical, dental etc, etc
    They have no room to complain. How about living within your means and not breeding like rats , give me a break.
    Get a second and third job like everyone else and keep your legs crossed for a while.

  50. Medical, housing, plus $34,000. Where do I sign up? Plus this Chinese lady want to get us some more money. Sweet!!! War is good.

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