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:
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:
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!
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.
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.”
(DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, HE BETTER START WITH THE VETERANS AND NOT MAKE EXCUSES. SOUNDS LIKE A HYPOCRITE.
LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran