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Fox News Hosts Bash Veterans for Accessing Their Benefits: ‘You Got To Have Personal Integrity’


Fox News Hosts Bash Veterans for Accessing Their Benefits: ‘You Got To Have Personal Integrity’

VoteVets, a Democratic-leaning veterans’ advocacy group, blasted ‘Fox & Friends’ hosts Brian Kilmeade and Pete Hegseth for criticizing veterans who utilize their VA benefits.

Hegseth argued that some Veterans weren’t injured enough in his opinion to receive the maximum VA benefits.

Hegseth, “If you go to war, and you get injured, we’ll take care of you. So when you come home, they try to rate how disabled you are and that’s how much care you get. Well, I could be rated for 50% right now if I wanted to be.”

Doocy, “Because it’s proportional, right?

Hegseth, “Because it’s proportional for different injuries that you have. Groups out there — vets groups, mostly — encourage vets to apply for every government benefit they can ever get after they leave the service.”

Hegseth, “Because — well, why not, right, if government is giving it out. To me, the ethos of service is I served my country because I love my country and I’m going to come home and start the next chapter of my life. And if I’ve got a chronic condition, mental, physical, otherwise, the government better be there for me. But otherwise, I don’t want to be dependent if I don’t have to be.”

Kilmeade, “You got to have integrity. You got to have personal integrity.

Hegseth ended the segment by blaming charities for encouraging vets to access their benefits.

Hegseth, “Well and right now a lot of groups are convincing vets to give — get, take more from the system as opposed to just what you need for the service you gave.”

Crooks&Liars notes:

Receiving government benefits by veterans does not make a veteran a government liability or a deadbeat. Since our military is all-volunteer, good benefits are a selling point to attract young Americans into the service. The fact that they then use the benefits they were promised is the contract being fulfilled.

In Hegesth’s description of military injuries, he never mentioned the psychological damage war causes. The NIH reports, “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts: Almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans. As many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans. 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan. 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans”

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