When Active-Duty Service Members Struggle To Feed Their Families

Kara Dethlefsen, 27, an active-duty Marine, attends the monthly food pantry at Camp Pendleton. Her husband is also a Marine. She says the food assistance is helping them get ready for his transition back to civilian life. The couple has a 4-month-old daughter.

About 23,000 military families rely on food stamps, according to Census figures. But advocates say that number is only a partial picture of the need among people who are currently serving.

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