FACT CHECK: Donald Trump Failed to Deliver for Veterans
June 2, 2023
Donald Trump failed our nation’s veterans. Instead of actually supporting the Americans who served and sacrificed for our country, he left the Department of Veterans Affairs in the hands of his MAGA allies who were more concerned with lining their own pockets than delivering real aid to vets and their families.
Donald Trump left the Department of Veterans Affairs in turmoil after putting his MAGA allies at the helm, who cared more about monetizing veterans’ patient data than providing aid for the people who served our country.
ProPublica: “The Mar-a-Lago Crowd spoke with VA officials daily, the documents show, reviewing all manner of policy and personnel decisions. They prodded the VA to start new programs, and officials traveled to Mar-a-Lago at taxpayer expense to hear their views. ‘Everyone has to go down and kiss the ring,’ a former administration official said.”
ProPublica: “Former President Donald Trump empowered associates from his private club to pursue a plan for the Department of Veterans Affairs to monetize patient data, according to documents newly released by congressional investigators. As ProPublica first reported in 2018, a trio based at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort weighed in on policy and personnel decisions for the federal government’s second-largest agency, despite lacking any experience in the U.S. government or military. While previous reporting showed the trio had a hand in budgeting and contracting, their interest in turning patient data into a revenue stream was not previously known. The VA provides medical care to more than 9 million veterans at more than 1,000 facilities across the country.”
Trump took credit for the Obama administration’s policies for veterans while failing to deliver on his own promises.
Associated Press: “AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for Obama’s gains for vets”
New York Times: “The Veterans Choice Program was created in 2014 — not under Mr. Trump — after the scandal of hidden waiting lists at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. Under the program, veterans who do not live within 40 miles of a department hospital or face wait times of more than 30 days for care could seek private health care funded by the government.”