The American Legion Media and Communications Commission Director Jeff Stoffer explained how Democratic Candidate, Joe Biden and President Donald Trump stack up on veteran issues, the current political divide and more on the Sept. 18 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Biden vs. Trump on veterans issues
When pressed by the American Legion, Stoffer said both candidates line up in fairly similar ways on my veterans issues, especially with what to do regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital system.
A little known function of VA hospitals is that they are able to serve non-veterans if it is in the best interest of the country. Stoffer said both candidates agree on this and feel like it would be reasonable to open up the VA to civilians if COVID-19 gets to a point where it is necessary.
He also noted that both candidates do not want to restrict veterans to only using VA hospitals if certain circumstances exist. These include distance to the nearest VA hospital, wait times and more.
The current American divide
Stoffer then touched on an article from the American Legion trying to make sense of the current American political divide.
In the article two types of Americans are identified. Public health patriots are considered those who are willing to sacrifice bits of individual liberties if it means the greater good for the American public. Individual liberty patriots are identified as Americans who are upset about having to sacrifice individual liberties they have enjoyed their entire lives.
Veteran job fairs
Stoffer said the American Legion recently held a virtual job fair to help connect veterans to employers and find jobs.
He said the event was widely participated in. Some 800 veterans registered for the event and many connected with employers who are seeking help, especially from the veteran community.