After abandoning nearly every bloc of Americans aside from white Republicans, the Trump administration is now setting its sights on veterans. If Trump’s fiscal budget passes, Meals on Wheels would be in serious jeopardy—along with the 500,000 veterans that it feeds every year.
This budget would completely eliminate the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program. The popular Meals on Wheels, which is a part of that program, costs $1.4 billion per year and serves about 2.4 million seniors, half a million of whom are vets. A massive 35% of their funding currently comes from the federal government.
The spokesperson for Meals on Wheels, Jenny Bertolette, said:
“Meals on Wheels serves 500,000 veterans each year. Any cuts to Meals on Wheels funding could cause programs to start waiting lists and cut back on the number of meals served. This would no doubt affect veteran recipients in states that use those block grants to support Meals on Wheels.”
You would think that with an increase of $54 billion in proposed defense spending, Trump might care for our vets over the military industrial complex. Even without the additional $54 billion, the US military spends the same as what the next eight countries spend combined.
So while Trump has no problem funneling more funds into an already bloated military budget, he couldn’t manage to allocate $1.4 billion— that’s only 2.5% of that $54 billion — to a successful program that feeds the very veterans that this country has forgotten. And, apparently, will continue to forget.
Make no mistake— whether it’s seniors about to lose their healthcare, children about to lose their education, or veterans about to lose their meals, Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration will continue to put profit over people.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.