Independent Journal Preview: What Donald Trump Sent a Homeless Veterans Group in New York is Just Too Precious

The following is an excellent article written by Michelle Ray on the Independent Journal Review on February, 2016 titled “What Donald Trump Sent a Homeless Veterans Group in New York is Just Too Precious” and I quote:

“What Donald Trump Sent a Homeless Veterans Group in New York is Just Too Precious”


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Veterans-in-Command, an organization in Queens, New York, that helps homeless veterans, reached out to Donald Trump last year, prior to the launch of his presidential campaign, in hopes of securing a donation to help keep their operation afloat. In return, they recently received a letter from Team Trump:

Image credit: New York Daily News

Image credit: New York Daily News

The letter reads:

Dear Veterans in Command,

Thank you for sending us your package!

We are sorry that we get a response out to you sooner. Unfortunately, we are unable to make donations from the campaign. Mr. Trump is very passionate about giving veterans the best life possible! Thank you for the work you do to make that happen!

Let’s Make America Great Again!


Team Trump

The group’s President, Larry Robertson, told New York Daily News that they have sinced received requests for their support from the campaign. He said:

“We never wrote to his campaign. Now they want us to get out there and campaign and be on his team? Without the veterans, he wouldn’t be where he is today.”

Veterans-in-Command operates three facilities near Jamaica Estates, close to where Donald Trump grew up. Robertson said he was “disenheartened” by the response from the campaign after hearing that Trump had raised $6 million to help 22 other veterans organizations.

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However, Veterans-in-Command did get one more thing from the Trump campaign: a Make America Great Again bumper sticker.

This isn’t the first time that Trump has been perceived as less-than-magnanimous by New York City veterans.

The Daily Beast reported this week that Trump has written New York politicians to have “disabled veterans” removed from in front of Trump tower:

The Trump who now extols veterans spent years clamoring for New York City’s politicians to take action and ban even those street vendors with special disabled veteran’s licenses from the environs of Trump Tower.

As was reported in the New York Daily News, Trump wrote in a letter to the New York State Assembly back in 1991, “While disabled veterans should be given every opportunity to earn a living, is it fair to do so to the detriment of the city as a whole or its tax paying citizens and businesses?”

That was back in 1991. More recently, Trump wrote a letter in 2004 to then-mayor Michael Bloomberg stating:

“Whether they are veterans or not, they [the vendors] should not be allowed to sell on this most important and prestigious shopping street. The image of New York City will suffer… I hope you can stop this very deplorable situation before it is too late.”

Prior to Trump’s special event that raised $6 million for veterans groups, $1 million out of his own funds, the Trump Foundation is reported to have given only $57,000 to veterans groups – the same as to Planned Parenthood sponsor the Susan G. Komen Foundation and far less than to the Clinton Foundation.”


LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran


About tim074

I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog ( and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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