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Military hunger in America

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In 90-degree heat, you can't even see the end of the line and it's still 2 hours until the doors open.

On a weekend when enlisted moms and dads, and even veterans, should be relaxing with their families they're at a food pantry a mile from Fort Hood.

Joann Lewis is an unemployed Army wife, her husband William an Army mechanic.  They have 2 children and say they can barely afford to spend 200-dollars a month on food.

Joann Lewis, "If we didn't come here twice a week we probably wouldn't eat a whole lot. I mean, my kids would eat. but as adults, we would go without."

This is a busier than usual Saturday because for the military, they're in between paychecks right now.  They'll hand out something like 10,000 pounds of food here today, and that will feed as many as 1500 people.

"We have to come do this just to make ends meet when it comes to food. I don't think that's really fair."

A report out from Feeding America finds 25-percent of active military families get and need some form of help with food.  One in four households. One in five veteran families also seeks food assistance.

John Valentine, "Our soldiers and our-- even our veterans who served our country and been to war numerous times are comin' home and not bein' able to feed their families."

Like in West Bablyon, New York.

Navy veteran and 9-11 first responder Mike Defeo is on disability and depends on these deliveries from Island Harvest for his family.

Mike Defeo, "We just try every month and we always run short by the middle or end of every month."

For military families like the Lewis', it's a cruel irony.

William Lewis, "It would be nice if we didn't have to rely on it and we didn't need it."

Protecting our freedom, but without enough money for food, it limits their own.

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