Why so many veterans go hungry — and VA’s new plan to fix it

by Caitlin Dewey

Photo: Greg Stegall and Military Share in 2016 [Jim T. Ryan, Perry County Times]

A first-of-its-kind program of the Department of Veterans Affairs will screen all vets who visit its health-care facilities for hunger, asking them whether they’ve struggled to afford food in the past three months. Many veterans are reluctant to reach out for help and those with disabilities, mental illness, or who are homeless are particularly vulnerable.