Trump: ‘No One Who Defends Our Country Should Have to Fight for Their Lives When They Come Back’

‘As a candidate for president, I promised to make reforming the VA one of my absolute highest priorities, and from the first day of my administration that is exactly what we’ve done’


TRUMP: “And finally, I want to thank the fantastic Veteran Service Organizations that helped us push today’s choice legislation across the finish line. Whenever I spoke, this was one of the most important things. It was something I got the biggest hand for. People want to take care of our great vets. They are our great people. Four years ago our entire nation was shocked and outraged by stories of the V.A. system plagued by neglect, abuse, fraud, and mistreatment of our veterans. There was nothing they could do about it. They couldn’t do anything about it. Good people that worked there, they couldn’t take care of the bad people, meaning, 'You’re fired, get the hell out of here.' With us today are many brave veterans who endured that grave injustice, including Steve Cooper and Laura Villa. They served their country with honor only to be denied the medical treatment they desperately needed. To Steve and Laura, no one should suffer what you suffered. They suffered gravely. No one who defends our country in uniform should have to fight for their lives when they come back, when they come to their home."

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