10:50 AM, Sep 9, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has written a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker asking the news network donate the ad profits for next week's GOP presidential debate to veterans. Trump posted a photo of the letter to his Twitter account. See the tweet below:
Reports surfaced last week that ad rates for the September 16 debate had grown astronomically, something Trump has said is due to his participation. The New York businessman and reality-TV star suggested Zucker should view CNN's airing of the debate as a "public service" and "not accept the massive profits."
"I believe that all profits from this broadcast should go to various VETERANS groups, a list of which I will send to you in the near future," Trump writes. "The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by our government and its 'all talk and no action' politicians. In fact, some would say they are treated like third class citizens—even worse, in many cases, than illegal immigrants. It is about time that someone comes to their aid. Let's start now!"
Trump has frequently called for better treatment of veterans, though he's recently gotten into hot water due to comments about people who serve in the military. The New York Times reported this week that in a new biography, Trump describes his time as a student at the New York Military Academy, a prep school, as giving him "more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military." Trump received several draft deferments during the Vietnam War and did not serve in the military.
Trump has also criticized Arizona senator John McCain, who was shot down over Vietnam and spent several years in a North Vietnamese prison where he was beaten and tortured.
3:21 PM, Aug 14, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from Veterans Against the Deal features the father of U.S. Army specialist Clay Farr, who was killed by an Iranian bomb in Iraq in 2006. In the 60-second spot, Patrick Farr describes the day he learned of his son's death and expresses his opposition to a deal that will reward the regime that killed him.
3:30 PM, Aug 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from the group Veterans Against the Deal features retired Army staff sergeant Robert Bartlett, who in 2005 was badly injured while serving in Iraq. The supplier of the bomb that "cut me in half, from the left corner of my temple to through my jaw" was the regime in Iran. In the ad, Bartlett urges Americans to tell their senators to vote against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
5:55 PM, Jul 23, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Donald Trump has announced the formation of "Veterans for Trump" in New Hampshire.
A great way to thank our veterans.10:31 AM, Jun 3, 2015 • By ALEXANDRA SEYMOUR
Many Americans have a friend or family member who has served in the military. Now, American Corporate Partners (ACP), a non-profit that helps returning veterans transition into new post-service careers, is promoting a unique way to honor them. It’s called #GiveThem20. Give them 20 push-ups or sit-ups, that is, to thank them for their service. Then, once you’ve caught your breath, spread the word on social media and nominate two of your friends to do the same.
8:05 AM, Jan 9, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Barack Obama's brief trip to Phoenix Thursday included an off-schedule trip to a housing development and a policy speech at a local high school. But, as NBC affiliate KPNX noted in its report, the president's motorcade drove past the campus of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, which became "ground zero" for a nationwide scandal after reports that at least 35 veterans died while waiting to receive care.
12:44 PM, Jan 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Obama is in Phoenix Thursday, and his motorcade drove past that city's Veterans Affairs hospital without stopping. Politico's White House correspondent reports:
Unfortunate song.8:21 PM, Nov 11, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Who would have thought that that Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown, accomplished musicians all, would be so, well, tone-deaf? But how else to explain their choice of song—Creedence Clearwater's famously anti-war anthem “Fortunate Son”—at the ostensibly pro-military “Concert for Valor” this evening on the National Mall?
2:17 PM, Oct 10, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The New York Times has a news article today that's ostensibly about concerns the Pentagon is engaged in historical revisionism in a recent attempt to honor Vietnam veterans. Any legitimate concerns, however, are outweighed by the fact the article gives a prominent megaphone to radical liberal activists whose opinions on how Vietnam vets should be honored are dubious at best. Here's how the article begins:
4:44 PM, Aug 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich recently spoke at the American Enterprise Institute about a new way to think about caring for America's veterans. Gingrich argues the federal bureaucracy that has failed in the case of the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital scandal can be replaced with technology-driven reforms.
You can watch the full speech below:
3:25 PM, Jun 20, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The people who run the VA are doing great work and they know this because they have been telling themselves so:
2:47 PM, Jun 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Jake Tapper has a report of VA officials telling members of Congress to buzz off, more or less, when they came looking for information about the sort of thing that has been in the news lately – lost patients, long waits for this who are not lost, and a clever bookkeeping system for covering it up.
4:09 PM, Jun 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The problems at the VA cannot be laid at the feet of the unions that represent its workers. A leader of one of those unions says so. This astonishing news is reported by Charles S.
3:44 PM, Jun 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
General Shinseki may be gone but his leaving has not salvaged the reputation of the VA.