Filmmaker Michael Moore, who earlier this year resolved never to say he supports American troops, took to Twitter Monday to mock the patriotism and military pride many feel on Veterans Day. The notoriously liberal activist also used the day to make a sarcastic remark about soldiers who commit suicide.
Moore's tweets will likely anger many because of who he uses to justify his criticism of the military: veterans who struggle after coming home. In a series of tweets posted on Twitter Monday, Moore mocked those celebrating Veterans Day by highlighting the troubles of former members of the military. His first tweet Monday morning stated "Today, as every day, 22 American veterans will commit suicide. Happy Veterans Day."
He later tweeted "Republican Food Stamp Cuts Would Kick 170,000 Vets Out of the Program. Happy Veterans Day!" By noon Monday he tweeted "The Veterans Administration has not dealt with over 400,000 CURRENT claims - pleas - for help by veterans. Happy Veterans Day!"
Moore then tweeted on Monday afternoon "There are currently 1.7 MILLION vets living in poverty in the USA. Poverty rate up 30% since '07. Happy Veterans Day!" Later, he tweeted "246K post-9/11 vets can't find a job. Hey, maybe Haliburton could hire them w/ their war profits. Happy Veterans Day!"
After years of criticizing the American military at the expense of service members, Moore tries to link those who support Veterans Day with those responsible for neglecting military members upon their return. Instead, Moore should focus his ire at the Obama administration that he often supports and praises, whose budget cuts and disdain for the military has caused significant problems.
It should be noted that the poverty rate among veterans has increased 30% since 2007 - while President Obama has been in office. The President's economic policies are also largely to blame for the 246,000 veterans who cannot find a job. While the VA has not helped the 400,000 veterans it promised to look over, it should be noted that the President allowed the VA to go unfunded during the shutdown, while leaving his favorite golf course at Andrews Air Force Base open at taxpayer expense. The food stamp cuts he mentioned were expiring raises to the program President Obama implemented but never attempted to renew. Moore's number of 170,000 veterans losing food stamp benefits comes from a liberal website that offers no documentation for the claim. The Obama administration has also stated they may have to cut military pay and benefits soon.
While Moore criticizes Haliburton, he fails to mention that the company has a website committed just to hiring veterans. As of today, there are 800 jobs available to veterans in the United States alone, and over 2,000 available worldwide. Moore also fails to mention organizations like Wounded Warrior Project, who help veterans with various psychological and physical issues, and is funded by many of the same Americans who celebrate Veterans Day.
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