Study: Young Veterans at Higher Risk of Going Hungry

Posted at: 05/07/2014 10:56 PM
Updated at: 05/07/2014 11:09 PM
By: John Doetkott

Researchers from the University of Minnesota say 27 percent of younger veterans have difficulty getting enough food.

(ABC 6 News) -- That's almost double the food insecurity rate in the general population, which sits around 14.5 percent.

The study was conducted in Minneapolis and focused specifically on veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But ABC 6 talked to officials in Olmsted, Mower, and Freeborn counties, and in all three places officials said they hardly see any cases of vets going hungry.

“I'm not seeing it,” said Ronald Reule, the veteran’s services officer in Freeborn County. “Are there cases of it? I'm sure there are cases of veterans that are homeless and in need of food, but there are citizens in our state that are in need of food as well. I'm not seeing any greater amount than I am anyone else in our state."

Officials said when veterans have economic problems, it's usually issues with rent or other bills, not food.