Military veterans visiting the White House were given the cold shoulder by the commander-in-chief, who sent a former ‘Apprentice’ star in his stead. To hear Trump during his “America First” presidential campaign, veterans were practically his sole priority. He tweeted repeatedly about “our great VETERANS,” and promised he’d “do everything for vets, who are being treated terribly.” In a summer speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Trump called veterans “the finest and bravest people on earth. We are going to take care of our veterans like they’ve never been taken care of before,” he said at the time. Veterans groups seem to be taking all of Trump’s promises with a grain of salt. “He says a lot of things,” one group executive said. “But we’re waiting for him to do something.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.