Pentagon denying hot breakfast to troops, says concerned congressman

An Iowa congressman accused the Pentagon of no longer serving hot breakfasts to troops stationed at some bases in Afghanistan, and said more stoppages will soon follow.

In a media release from the office of U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, headlined, “Braley Presses Pentagon on Ending Breakfast for Troops Serving in Afghanistan,” the congressman said:

17 bases in Afghanistan have suspended serving troops breakfast; more bases will stop on Feb. 1.

Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today wrote Army Secretary John McHugh to express “growing concern” regarding Army actions that have ended service of breakfast to American troops serving at 17 US military outposts in Afghanistan.

Braley has also been informed by the Army that this policy will be expanded to more locations in Afghanistan beginning on February 1st.

“I am troubled that the Army would deny any deployed troops three meals per day, regardless of force size,” Braley wrote.  “These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect the very freedoms we cherish. The exhaustive mental and physical labor that is required by soldiers to fight in harsh and unforgiving conditions is tremendous. We shouldn’t deny our troops something as fundamental as a proper meal.

“I am positive that with the logistical mastery the Army has exhibited in combat operations around the world, you can logistically administer the procedure of serving breakfast every day.”

The issue was brought to Braley’s attention by concerned family members of Iowa soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Although the announcement is dated Jan. 17, it received very little attention until it was later picked up on Twitter.

BizPac Review contacted Braley’s office and spoke to Assistant Press Secretary Amanda Bowman. She confirmed that the matter is still pending and under investigation, and promised to keep BPR informed of future developments.

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  • cs

    How about cutting out all the goodies these Congress people get ! The military personel put their lives on the line every day,and they have the disgusting nerve to cut out having a hot breakfast for our service people!

  • crissianna

    So wrong. They need there meals. The American legislature is sending them over there and then not feeding them. Ghastly

  • Luther Henry

    This cut probably was made so as to better afford the cost of three square meals a day to the welfare food stamp recipients. What a disgraceful government our fine troops are serving and propping up.

  • Allan Wrench

    if obama had a kid in the military I bet this won't be happening. But he is busy burning tax payer $$ jetting around condescending to those who don't agree with him

  • booksbenji

    When I was 'Nam I had no breakfast, so WTF, people, I was denied hot meals, no Xmas or thanksgiving din-din. Poor babys, gotta have hot din-dins, 40 yr makes no difference, use ys BHG, can't polluated by liberals!!!!

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