Cost of Trump’s Military Parade Could Feed Homeless Veterans for Nearly a Month

In case you were hoping that Trump’s dream of a military parade might just fade away, House Republicans made it clear this week that they support the idea of an exorbitantly-priced military salute.

The National Defense Authorization Act, the Republicans’ proposed 2019 defense spending bill, now includes funding for this event.

The bill reads:

In order to honor American veterans, including American veterans of past wars that the Secretary of Defense determines have not received appropriate recognition, the Secretary may provide such support as the Secretary determines is appropriate for a parade to be carried out in the District of Columbia.

The Secretary would be authorized to expend funds authorized to be appropriated under this Act for the display of small arms and munitions appropriate for customary ceremonial honors and for the participation of military units that perform customary ceremonial duties.

According to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, the price tag on this parade — one that provides Trump the opportunity to look like an authoritarian leader — will be between $10 million and $30 million.

Speaking disingenuously in February, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said, “I think we’re all aware, in this country, of the President’s affection and respect for the military.”

So Trump showed respect for the military by obtaining four deferments for college and a fifth, in 1968, pleading heel spurs? Far from showing respect for the military, he has disdained the call to serve and has never made any sacrifices for his country.

Now Newsweek has completed an analysis which reveals that, even by the most conservative estimates, the cost of the parade could feed every homeless veteran for around 28 days.

Wouldn’t that be a better way of honoring our veterans?

According to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of homeless vets in the U.S. in 2017 was a shocking 40,056. That number marked a 1.5 precent increase over 2016 — and the first increase in seven years.

These individuals have served their country well but may be dealing with the lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as substance abuse. In addition, they often lack both family and social support.

Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief and food rescue group in the U.S., came up with $2.94 as the average cost per meal in 2015. This means that $10 million, Mulvaney’s lowest estimate for the parade, could provide homeless veterans with three meals a day for nearly a month — 28.3 days, according to Newsweek.

There are plenty of other reasons to be angry about Trump’s parade. It’s an insult to hard-working teachers, who have to strike in order to draw attention to their appalling working conditions. It’s also an insult to the population of Flint, Michigan, who after four years have yet to receive clean water — and to the people of devastated Puerto Rico, where 11 percent of the country still doesn’t have power.

Besides, if the government really cares about veterans, why has the Trump administration failed to adequately fund the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or made it a priority to find a new director or researching the medical issues that often lead to homelessness?

Yet again Republicans in Congress are showing a total lack of integrity and courage in their failure to stand up to President Trump. This needs to change in November.

149 comments

sharon b
sharon b2 months ago

David F. I hate to burst your bubble but the only fake news is the right wing's. They not only distort the news but outright lie.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E2 months ago

david f
Perhaps I wouldn't refer to this at all if you didn't put other C2 members down that have a different opinion than yours. You are most often rude, use extreme right wing sources but for everyone else they are listening to "fake news". Maybe you should try being compassionate to humans too. There are many and varied opinions of the same problem or ideology. That's why we are NOT clones thank goodness.
I thank you for your kindness and attention to an animal in need. I rescue too but never deer. They go to and organization called Wild Arc along with most other critters injured or in need found in the wild.
I don't like your politics because I believe in something different. You don't have to like mine either. But when you call others "low information" and perhaps not as "intelligent", you cross the line and you get pushback.
Maybe try to think before you make comments like that?

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David F
David F2 months ago

Rhoberta, again you admonish me about killing deer. As I have explained before, I care for, feed, water and protect more deer every week than you have in a lifetime.

Yesterday morning a coworker brought me a day old white tail fawn they found next to the road with the buzzards attacking it. It was badly dehydrated and limp as a ragdoll, we could barely tell it was breathing. Had multiple peck marks around it's snout and the bloody nose.
I force-fed it unpasteurized goats milk about every two hours. This morning he was still weak but could raise his head and look around.
By this afternoon he was walking around and acting like a fairly normal fawn.

Since White tails deer are indigenous and illegal to raise in captivity in Texas I turned him over to a wildlife recovery center this evening.
I attached a picture from yesterday in my avatar

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Dot A
Dot A3 months ago

-fresh air blowing in David F's direction -
@ David F- I am not in agreement with your ideologies, and you are right that this president mouth invokes name calling, at the biggest name caller this country has ever witnessed. However, I am a Magna Cum Laude grad from the University of San Francisco, with an above normal ability to reason, seek positive solutions, and I get along very well with most people. I doubt that we*d have much in common, but I do believe most folks are trying to do their very best. Care2 is very beneficial to those of us who are quite discouraged from this Putin orchestrated election, and the trump of hate sitting in the WH. No one who has ever known me has taken me for a gullible delusional individual. My posts express more philosophy than politics, and the liberty to say that this POTUS *stinks!!!* I care2 share this with as many people as I like.

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Susanne R
Susanne R3 months ago

My first post was cut short. Here is the remainder:

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wish lists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

I am not judging you. I am simply questioning the source of your information. I detest the Koch brothers and everything they stand for.

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Susanne R
Susanne R3 months ago

David F. I just did a fact check on Investor Business Daily, and here's what I learned:

RIGHT-CENTER BIAS

These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.

Factual Reporting: MIXED

Notes: Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) is an American media company covering international business, finance, economics and the stock market. IBD allows lobbyists and PR reps for right wing think tanks like the Heartland Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to write pseudo-scientific propaganda. (6/14/2016) Updated (1/5/2017)...According to Wikipedia,The Heartland Institute is connected to the Koch brothers and their network of right-wing donors. The Heartland Institute is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2010-2011.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interes

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Karen H
Karen H3 months ago

My Congress misrepresentative is Brian Mast, who lost both legs while serving in the military. He claims he wants to help his fellow vets. BUT. He supports Five Time Deferment and his request for a parade because it will (as Shelley W also says) "make veterans feel better about themselves." If that's so, why are so many veterans AGAINST this "mine is bigger than yours" parade? In his responses to my questions, Mast says NOTHING about the homeless vets or the vets not getting proper medical care. He is simply following his leader. Our vets would feel a lot better if they saw their brothers and sisters getting the care they need. They'd feel better with a roof over their head and food in their belly.

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Lorraine Andersen
Lorraine Andersen3 months ago

My late husband was a disabled Vietnam veteran and I now volunteer at the VA hospital. In Louisville alone we hove over 400 homeless vets who deserve better then to be living on the streets. As my husbands had said. Some gave all but all gave some. These people should be taken care of before fancy parades.

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Toni W
Toni W3 months ago

TYFS

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Toni W
Toni W3 months ago

TYFS

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