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.