So far, Donald Trump’s presidency is going just as many thought it would, a complete travesty. In his first day he did away with the pages dedicated to civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and climate change from the White House website, which left millions of Americans in shock. Now, besides showing further evidence to the world that he’s a sexist, racist, and a non-believer of science, he took a step further by showing us that he doesn’t care about our veterans.
Trump just did away with the Joining Forces page on the White House Website. Joining Forces was a program developed by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden that sought to help veterans find careers, help their spouses more easily move their careers between states, and expand wellness services.
According to the Military Times, “Over the last five years, Joining Forces has received more than 1.25 million hiring commitments for veterans and military spouses from its corporate partners. It also has helped broker legislation enabling spouses to transfer certifications across all 50 states.”
Rear Adm. Brad Cooper was Joining Forces’ first executive. He said in November,
“I can … also remember when we had only two states that had military spouse legislation [on career transferability]. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden went to the governors meeting that year, and only ended up talking about military spouses. When you think about all the things they could have talked about, they chose just that one topic. They encouraged all the governors to pass legislation on that topic, and here we are today, with legislation in all 50 states.”
Every subsequent executive, all military officers, also praised Joining Forces for its important service to the veteran community. With such a great program in place why would you want to do away with it? During his campaign trail, Trump refused to say whether he would continue Joining Forces if elected. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton promised to maintain the program.
Seems that Trump has lied to our troops. He promised during his campaign that he would take care of our military, of the people that die defending our country, yet he’s done away with Joining Forces page. Who knows if he will even continue the program.