One thing I’ve learned in life is that you don’t question how people cope with trauma, grief or even mental illness. While it’s good to want to help those who might be suffering from some sort of personal or physical issues, you can’t really tell someone trying to overcome something how they should or shouldn’t handle it. I’ve also found it’s incredibly unfair to judge those who struggle with overcoming some sort of personal issues because everyone handles things like that differently — especially when it comes to veterans.
That’s a point someone might want to teach Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH). Apparently he feels that some veterans are “moochers” who are “pretending” to need help which is “clogging up the system.”
“Just like workers comp out here’s got moochers, I wish that there were no vets that were the same sort of problem on our society,” Davidson stated. “But part of the problem is there are some vets that are moochers and they’re clogging up the system, and we do as taxpayers want to make sure the VA filters out these folks that are pretenders. Just like we wish there were no people out there with stolen valor, but that’s a problem in the vet community, too.”
Look, are there probably some vets who fall into this category? Perhaps. But if you’re going to tell those who volunteer to serve our country they’re entitled to certain health care benefits both while they’re serving and after — then that’s what you give them.
I’m sure there are definite cases of fraud and some vets who might be “gaming the system,” but those cases are so incredibly rare they don’t even register as a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things.
The fact that Davidson is an Army veteran only makes his statement even that much more repulsive.
If you want to be an advocate for targeting potential fraud and abuse to make our VA system more efficient so that it can provide better services to those who’ve served this country, that’s great. But to say that some vets are “moochers” is inexcusable and appalling. There’s always going to be a handful of cases where someone managed to fake or embellish a military record to an extent where they received benefits they might not have been eligible to receive. However, those cases have almost no impact on the real issues plaguing the VA.
And then there’s just the reality that there are simply some things you don’t say. Just because he happens to be an Army veteran doesn’t make him an expert on all things related to vets. While it gives him an “inside perspective,” being that he went to West Point, I’m going to guess that his experience in the military was slightly different than your average soldier’s experience.
However, as someone who supports Donald Trump, a man who mocked POWs and belittled Gold Star parents of an American hero, Rep. Davidson’s attitude isn’t surprising at all.
Watch his comments below via Newsmax:
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