After the deadly shooting at the Tennessee Marine recruiting station this summer, Mr. Trump was quick to grab the media’s attention. He ordered all of the flags at his properties around the country to be flown at half-staff in honor of the “soldiers”, which were actually Marines, who were killed during the shooting.
He was also quick to judge the current treatment of veterans, military, and fallen service members by interjecting his tagline; “We must make America great again.”
In association with a veteran’s charity that ended up being completely fake, he announced the creation of a hotline for “veterans to share their stories about the need to reform our Veterans Administration.”
Many people congratulated Trump for stepping forward and planting his feet firmly in the veteran’s corner.
So does the New York Military prep school graduate really have an interest in helping veterans, or was he aligning himself with a massive pool of registered voters?
As veterans, we have seen our share of half-hearted “Thank you for your service” statements from politicians, businessmen in the airport, etc. By now we should be able to tell the difference, right?
We decided to call Mr. Trump’s hotline to see if we could find some information about what he is currently doing for our service members and veterans.
To our surprise, the hotline (855-VETS-352), is not a hotline at all. The number simply links to an automated recording that provides the callers with a New York City address where they can send their complaints.
Here is the “Trump Veteran’s” Hotline in its entirety:
“Thank you for contacting Mr. Trump regarding your veteran’s care issues. Please send your documentation of this issue to this address. Donald J. Trump for President Inc. 725 5th Avenue NY, NY 10022 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org”
We are not sure what the estimated wait time is, but it is probably safe to say you should hold on to your VA card for now.
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