Skip to comments.Veterans react to President Trump's speech in KC
Posted on 07/24/2018 6:26:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
KANSAS CITY, Mo. President Donald Trump's speech in Kansas City on Tuesday brought praise from many veterans who spoke to 41 Action News following the event.
The president spoke in front of around 4,000 people during a speech inside Municipal Auditorium at the 119th VFW National Convention.
President Trump touted his administration's plans to improve the VA health system and invest in military equipment.
"We have secured $700 billion for defense this year and $716 billion next year approved," he told the crowd. "My administration is committed to ensuring that our warfighters have the tools, the resources, the firepower that they need to defeat our enemies with overwhelming force."
The president also told veterans of his promise to offer same-day emergency mental health care to them.
"We are greatly expanding telehealth and walk-in clinics so our veterans can get anywhere at any time," he explained. "They can get what they need and they don't have to necessarily drive long distances and wait."
Shortly after the president's speech, veterans who spoke to 41 Action News said they approved of President Trump's message.
"I thought it was a great speech. It especially impressed me with the things hes doing with the Veterans Administration," said veteran Franklin Hubbard. "I think all veterans that have served honorably should be covered for all of their medical and not have to pay anything for the rest of their life."
One veteran who served in the Korean War was glad to hear President Trump discuss investments in military equipment.
"We wanted to hear how hes going to upgrade the military. He's going to bring the business back," the veteran said. "He offers a lot. If he can do half of what he said he would do Im satisfied."
Veteran Walter Watts traveled from Alaska for the convention in Kansas City this week.
He told 41 Action News he mainly liked what he heard in the president's speech but wished President Trump had addressed unemployment with veterans.
"If he can work on getting that number down, it would be greatly appreciated," Watts said. "He seemed like he was very honest and very sincere about his thoughts."
Moving forward, the veterans who spoke to 41 Action News said the visit from President Trump left them feeling optimistic.
"With the things he talked about as far as wanting to do in the near future, hopefully, he can come through with those," Watts said. "Well see."
That's not the current policy, I assure you.
I believe that statement was from veteran Franklin Hubbard and not from President Trump...
Trump DID specifically address that issue.
President Trump, if you really care about fixing the VA, Man Up and issue an Executive Order that ALL Federal Employee’s Shall use their Closest VA Medical Center as their Primary Health Care Facility.
Use the Billions saved in Health Insurance premiums for the wall
They’d impeach him later that day.
Well that is one of the stupidest ideas ever floated on FR.
Was at 9th and Clairmont VA in Denver today. Very good service. In 5 minutes of my appointment time I’m talking to the doctor.
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