One of the many subjects Donald Trump has addressed in his bid for the Presidency is Veterans Aid. In his opinion the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health-care system is badly broken and American Veterans are not getting the help they deserve.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump campaign released some guidelines that would steer changes to American veterans aid he would implement if he wins in November.
Although the statement did not go into details, it appears that the idea is to push the VA towards privatization and even perhaps an insurance model similar to Medicare. The notion that our veterans should get the best possible aid and care is one that should be applauded and supported. But since there is no specific plan yet, right now it’s just an idea.
When Mitt Romney spoke about this idea four years ago the VA stated that they would not support it. Ben Carson also proposed this last summer and seven different veterans groups made it very clear that they don’t agree with this approach. (Watch the Video)
May is Military Appreciation Month and we certainly hope that whoever wins in November will express their appreciation of our military – both current and veterans – and address the backlog of American Veterans Aid. They need to streamline the process so that every American veteran who is eligible for benefits gets helped in a timely fashion.