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Pentagon Moves to Help Military Families Struggling With Rising Costs

  • More military families struggle to make ends meet: Austin
  • Austin takes steps to boost housing allowances before holidays
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Inflation Brings Higher Prices to the Thanksgiving Table

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Wednesday that he’s ordering measures to help military families struggling to manage rising housing and food prices, calling the costs of basic goods a “readiness issue” for the U.S. military. 

Austin said he’s temporarily raising the payments troops receive in certain locations to help pay for off-base housing. That will apply in areas where rental costs have climbed 10% or more. He also said he’s directing aides to find ways to “strengthen food security across the force.”