Trump’s American dream: He’s promised the world’s greatest military, the most powerful intelligence community and the biggest infrastructure project ever.
But the president who campaigned on the promise to ‘Make America Great Again’ appears to have missed his mark when it comes to his promises to veterans.
Trump said at the Republican National Convention in July that he’d “send our soldiers home to their country.”
But his administration has yet to send any troops home, and has instead continued to hire and train veterans for a variety of jobs that often include administrative support.
A report by the American Legion found that in the first six months of 2018, the number of new veterans hired at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities was less than half what it was in the same period last year.
“In the first month of 2018 VA hired nearly 30,000 veterans,” the report said.
“We are seeing a lot of attrition from veterans and a lot less veteran employment in VA.
The VA has a long way to go.”
And as of June, VA was still hiring more than 1,500 veterans per day.
The Trump administration has been accused of using veterans for political purposes, with former Trump campaign adviser Sam Clovis accused of hiring veterans to “vote” for Trump.
In his book, Trump claims that vets have been “fraudulently recruited” and that he “never paid a penny for them.”
But Trump has not paid them any money, and his administration and his campaign have acknowledged that the Veterans Administration paid out less than it should have.