Trump donated his quarterly salary to the VA. Here’s how they’ll spend it.

Matt Saintsing
May 18, 2018 - 12:19 pm

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President Donald Trump’s $100,000 quarterly salary will go toward funding caregiver support programs in the Department of Veterans affairs.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders presented a check from Trump to acting VA secretary Robert Wilkie during the White House press briefing on Thursday, who said the money will go towards the VA Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program, which arranges monthly stipends, medical training and mental health counseling to around 26,000 caregivers.

 “The president’s gift underscores his promise to do all that he can for veterans, which includes supporting those who care for our veterans — not just those of us at VA, but the husbands, the wives, the families and the community caregivers who are out there, day in and day out, making life easier for those who have borne the battle,” said Wilkie.

The program has come under fire over the past year after it was revealed that VA medical clinics were dropping families, and not equally applying eligibility criteria for it.

Only family members of veterans injured after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 are eligible for the program, but the VA Mission Act-- currently working its way through Congress-- would expand these benefits to caregivers of veterans injured before May 7, 1975. Two years after the bill is signed into law, veterans injured between 1975 and 2001 would be eligible.

Both Wilkie and Trump have voiced support for this bill and have called on Congress to send it to the president’s desk before May 28, which is also Memorial Day.

Every three months, the president has donated his quarterly salary to a different government agency—most recently for infrastructure projects at the Department of Transportation. The symbolic check fulfills a campaign pledge Trump made to donate his salary, and highlights the administration’s policy priorities.

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