GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has frequently criticized the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs during his campaign. Kay Reynolds, a delegate-at-large from Lucasville, Ohio, believes there will be major changes in the VA if Trump becomes president and said Trump will put in place the right people to run the department.
“When they’ve been dying because they can’t get appointments, this is just ridiculous,” Reynolds said.
A.J. Daoud, an alternate delegate from Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, said he has a unique perspective on the problems veterans face. His wife, Angie, who is a delegate, is a former veterans service officer. Her job was to assist the veterans with making sure they were getting their benefit claims. He said a lot of the problems with the VA could be solved through common-sense tactics, something he hopes Trump could implement.
Tom McQuiston said Trump is on the right track with his statements.
“I’m not sure what the solution is, but to have a president that’s aware of it and talking about it is an important first step,” said McQuiston, a former Preble County (Ohio) commissioner from Camden, Ohio, who attended the GOP convention Tuesday and Wednesday.