Issues Trump Needs To Address For The Military And Veterans

“30 Issues President-Elect Trump Needs To Address For The Military And Veterans” was an article in a recent edition of a newsletter from Task & Purpose. It contained a series of recommendations for future President Donald Trump. The ideas were collected from active duty military servicemembers, veterans, and concerned civliians who are related to members of the military community. The inputs are categorized under two topics: Military Priorities and Veterans Priorities

Here are some selected needs, wants, and recommendations that many would consider belong at the top of President Trump’s list of actions for U.S. military and veterans. In no particular order:

Military Priorities

Our next commander-in-chief has to be foreign policy fluent, economy focused, human rights minded, and tough on terrorism. Without these qualities, we’ll have a leader who fails us on the global stage, at home and abroad, and in our daily lives.” —Tahlia Burton, U.S. Air Force veteran

For the military, the next president needs to work on setting clear priorities for the service components and order audits on the waste, fraud and abuse that is present in the Pentagon’s budget so that more can be done with less.” —Matthew Schleupner, U.S. Army

Priorities for the next president should focus on better care for our fallen and their families, and honoring them by finishing the missions that they fought bled and died for. We have been at war for over 15 years now, and we cannot continue to ignore all of the families who are left behind from war and those who have died.” —Jane Horton, Gold Star spouse

Veterans Priorities

I would like to see the next president and Congress work together to fix the VA. The entire system needs to be overhauled so that our veterans receive the proper medical care they deserve in a timely manner.” —Michelle Volkmann, U.S. Navy spouse

Retirement and benefits should be entirely moved from the DoD to the VA to allow the DoD to focus on its core military mission and provide that funding to the VA to manage all aspects of veteran care.” —David R Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

The VA staff and management needs to be gone through with a hatchet; the corrupt need to be fired; and those who had a hand in the multitude of cover-ups need to be jailed if criminality is found.” —Brock Young, U.S. Army

I hope the next president prioritizes the ongoing fights against both veteran suicide and homelessness. —Joanna Dasher, U.S. Army veteran

Considering President-elect Trump’s previous commitments to our military and veterans, those who voted for him believe that he will follow through and make the necessary changes.

Although a Canadian, Howard Galganov is a strong supporter of the USA and our republic. He recently cautioned about Trump’s success with the promises he made during his campaign. He wrote in his blog:

President Elect Trump will NOT live up to many of his Promises the way most people expect he should. But I believe he will do his best to do all that he can”

We the people” expect nothing less!

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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