As retired military officers and members of the national security organization Mission: Readiness, we recently met with U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, to thank him for his past support of SNAP incentive grant programs and to ask him to include a robust SNAP incentive provision in the upcoming farm bill authorization.
This is an important step to make sure that our children are eating better so that the obesity crisis doesn't become a national security crisis. To be sure, our military stands ready to protect against those who would threaten our security. However, in order to sustain military preparedness for the future, we must ensure that upcoming generations of Americans will be fit to serve.
Burpee is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general. Edwards is a retired Air Force major general. They are former commanders of Tinker Air Force Base. Slavonic is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral.