Obama Closes Commissaries over Shutdown, Military Families Struggle

As a result of the government shutdown, the Obama administration has closed military commissaries around the country, making it harder for military families to get food to eat.

Commissaries sell groceries to U.S. military personnel tax-free, which results in an approximate 30 percent in savings.

Of the 246 commissaries around the world, the 68 located outside the U.S remain open.

This means military members and their families stationed in the U.S. are up against hard times. 

According to WFAA 8 ABC, the closures are especially tough on retired U.S. military personnel who live on fixed incomes. Commissaries are often "the only place they shop" and closing them is a "big blow" to veterans.

Many retired military personnel also took a blow when the Obama administration closed the World War II memorial as a result of the government shutdown. 

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