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New England Veterans Want Trump to Honor His Pledge

On Veteran's Day, Bay Staters who served our country are hoping President-Elect Donald Trump honors the promises he made to help vets. (New England Paralyzed Veterans of America)
On Veteran's Day, Bay Staters who served our country are hoping President-Elect Donald Trump honors the promises he made to help vets. (New England Paralyzed Veterans of America)
November 11, 2016

BOSTON – There are about 3,000 paralyzed veterans in New England and today, on Veteran's Day, a local veterans' advocacy group said now that Donald Trump has been elected to lead the nation, he needs to fulfill his campaign promise to take care of those who serve.

Debra Freed, the executive director of the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America, said she hopes when he takes office in ten weeks, that Trump will continue with the reforms that have been made in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"That he keeps his promises to veterans," she said. "I know a large number of veterans' groups that supported him; while the V.A. is not perfect, it does do great work and that we're allowed to keep it."

The lame-duck session of Congress starts next week and veterans' groups say there are many issues important to veterans at stake, including legislation dealing with the backlog of appeals made to the VA.

Joy Ilam, the legislative director of the nonprofit group, Disabled American Veterans, said her organization will be reaching out to Trump's transition team.

"We want to really make sure that they are educated on the needs of America's disabled veterans," she said. "We need to make sure that they understand what's important to veterans, and the changes that we want to have made."

The DAV has 56 Chapters and more that 27,000 members in Massachusetts. They help veterans access the health-care system and disability compensation as well as with housing, education and finding employment.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - MA