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Defense budget: Military families could see $3K increase in grocery costs

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Under a new budget proposal, the Pentagon would cap military pay raises at one percent in 2015 and trim housing subsidies for families living off-base. (Source: CNN) Under a new budget proposal, the Pentagon would cap military pay raises at one percent in 2015 and trim housing subsidies for families living off-base. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Military families could pay more for groceries because of the Pentagon budget proposal.

It would slash $1 billion of the taxpayer subsidies for commissaries. That means a family could see food costs increase by $3,000 a year.

The Pentagon would also cap military pay raises at one percent in 2015 and trim housing subsidies for families living off-base.

The cuts were part of a broader plan to make the armed forces leaner and more responsive to threats like cyber attacks than land wars.

Groups that advocate for military families said the cuts could mean higher costs in the long run.

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