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Veterans Hope Trump Will Fulfill Campaign Promises

Today is the day to honor the nation's military members, who are hoping the new U.S. president will make some of their needs a priority. (David H. Lipp/U.S. Army)
Today is the day to honor the nation's military members, who are hoping the new U.S. president will make some of their needs a priority. (David H. Lipp/U.S. Army)
November 11, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon has 1,500 residents who are active-duty members of the military and more than 330,000 veterans. One of the largest advocacy groups for veterans 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.

Joy Ilam, the legislative director of the nonprofit group, Disabled American Veterans said one of the most important priorities will be to continue the reforms that have been made in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"They've made a lot of leadership changes there," she said. "They've added a thousand clinical staff. They started to really adjust the policies, making things more veteran-centric, trying to eliminate the bureaucracy in the VA health-care system."

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

Ilam 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 added. "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 16 chapters in Oregon and helps veterans access the health-care system and disability compensation as well as with housing, education and finding employment.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - OR