In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to treat veterans “with dignity, and with the respect they deserve.”
Now, outrage is growing over President Donald Trump’s insistence the U.S. Armed Forces, which are currently engaged in operations around the world, hold a military parade in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day. And many are calling for the unallocated funds that will be spent on the vanity project – estimates from the Pentagon are in the $30 million range – to be invested in America’s 40,000 homeless veterans instead.
The Pentagon, however – following its Commander-in-Chief’s orders – is marching ahead with plans for the military parade. Trump’s parade, according to CNN national security reporter Ryan Browne, now “will include period uniforms,” along with “airplanes but no tanks.” The tanks, as many have noted, would damage roads.
A Pentagon memo “says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of US veterans from the Revolutionary War to today with an emphasis on the price of freedom,'” CNN notes.
That memo, below, also states the parade will “highlight the evolution of women Veterans from separate formations in World War II to today’s integrated formations.”
Parade details for Nov. 11. Will have uniforms. Some planes. Maybe old planes. Tanks are banned. pic.twitter.com/W7xyhLYo9Y
— Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@Tmgneff) March 9, 2018
It’s unclear if President Trump has approved the U.S. Military’s plans.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, under President Barack Obama, from 2010 to January of 2016, there was a 56% decrease in the number of homeless vets. In January of 2017, the number for the first time in seven years increased, by 1.5%, to 40,056.
Despite the increase, the Trump administration in late 2017 tried to slash funding for homeless vets, until advocates noticed and stirred up enough support to get the decision reversed.
Many on social media are saying are calling to use the $30 million to help homeless veterans instead:
Our military is not a toy to prance around in Trump’s honor. What makes America Great is we are a beacon of freedom around the world, not a dystopian dictatorship. Rather than waste millions on the useless Military Parade take care of the 40,000 homeless veterans #SaturdayMorning
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) March 10, 2018
– Trump's Military Parade Costs: $30 Million
– Number of Homeless Veterans: 39,471
– Cost per meal for the Homeless: $1.93
$30 Million / 39,471 vets = $760.05 per vet
$760.05 / $1.93 = 393 meals per vet
Trump's parade could feed all of America's Homeless Vets 393 meals ea.
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) March 7, 2018
— Jose Enriquez (@972_834) March 10, 2018
Meanwhile, there are homeless and/or untreated veterans. There are military families who struggle to survive financially one day to the next and require public assistance. There are vets who face years of red tape to access care they’ve earned.
But let’s have a vanity parade.
— Erin Altman (@AltmanErin) March 9, 2018
Trump is having a parade. Trump spends millions every time he goes golfing. Trump is spending millions on all the investigations into his actions. There are thousands of homeless veterans who could be helped. Men and women who sacrificed their lives for a fucking parade. WTF
— Wayne Davies (@DaviesWayWorks) March 10, 2018
You’re self serving parade is going to cost 30mill yes?
-How many homeless vets could you help,
-How many people with PTSD could you help
-How many lives could you save
Instead you will puff out your chest and steal as much valor from them as possible https://t.co/BYdLSpMZZ1
— Old Salty Chief, OSC (SW) USN Ret (@old_osc) March 10, 2018
If you don't speak up and block this parade you are just as guilty.We have 40,000 homeless Vets in this country. @senrobportman @RepSteveChabot Ohio is not going to forget your silence. @RichCordray @AftabPureval @OHDems @SenSherrodBrown @BettySutton @KathleenClyde @DNC https://t.co/eu8xN1nCD2
— Molly #NeverAgain (@Plantflowes) March 10, 2018