Earlier today I saw a parade of stories come floating through my feeds telling me of different Veterans groups that didn’t much appreciate being played as a useful idiot in the Donald Trump Reality Show. I grasp their concerns and understand how they will be needing to work with any incoming administration to improve the plight of those who have served us so faithfully in uniform.
Both of my grandfathers served in the NAVY in the big war. I had several uncles in the Air Force. A few distant cousins in the Marines, and one I believe who even served Army.
My mother’s father had long lasting injuries sustained from his service and was afforded care and help from the government as a Disabled Veteran.
Through all the years and administrations I remember him talking about his experiences with Veterans’ Affairs or the VA as something he was grateful for.
With the recent revelations of how the Obama administration allowed the conditions for our heroes to deteriorate much like he is disintegrating our service vehicles–ships and planes especially–it has turned my stomach that veterans are going through such pain.
But when Mr. Trump decided to use the veterans to get back at a network that wouldn’t bend and capitulate to his tantrums…
Let’s just say we can all understand why Iowans are abandoning him like flies, and why veterans felt used.
These were my thoughts before I ever even glanced at this piece. I don’t much read the particular outlet often, but its arguable to try make the case with straight face that he has always been “pro-vet.” At least from the veterans who were around him the most.