Most military service members and veterans did not think kindly of Obama. The reasons might have been his continued binding the hands or our military at war instead letting do their jobs – which is to win them. We’ll go ahead and just forget his catastrophic decision with Iraq.
But polling data perfectly describes their opinion of Obama. In January, 2017
51.5% active military gave the former president “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” view of Obama’s eight years in the Oval Office.
Why so low? Perhaps service members cannot forget the lack of pay raises they should have received. From 2014 and 2016, actual pay raises were small: 1% to 1.3%. This was below the recommended 1.8% to 2.3% for same period.
Fortunately, pay raises and other issues important to our military will positively affect their opinion of President Trump.
So how about Obama’s relations with veterans? Well, that didn’t go so well either.
On May 16, 2017, the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) reported from 2011 to 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) released thousands of service members due to “misconduct”. Now a report from the Government Accountability Office shows that 62% of 92,000 of them
Simultaneously suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other mental health issues.
Of that 62 percent suffering from mental health issues, which accounts for about 57,000 service members, 13,000 were separated for “other than honorable” reasons, which means those troops are cut off from various health benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In other words, they will now more likely remain in their own “twilight zone”: out of the sight and mind of the Veterans Administration.
Then just one day later, The Washington Times reported this headline: “Obama’s Justice Department refused to hire military veterans for jobs”.
Yes, the DOJ purposely violated federal law by ensuring two veterans were not considered to a position with the agency:
Justice officials had their eye on non-veterans, and scheduled meetings off-site to try to force the veteran candidates to withdraw their applications, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said.
The veterans refused to withdraw and human resources told the ICITAP hiring officials that they had to hire the veterans.
They were never hired.
To be honest, most of us veterans are not surprised with these two new reports. What must be surprising is this: did these culprits really think they would get away with their actions?