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So Donald Trump wants a parade. Not just any parade, but one that “tops” the military parade he saw in France. How odd for a man who avoided serving his country during the Vietnam War by five deferments: one for heel bone spurs and four for education.

Why spend millions on a military parade while the needs of veterans are underfunded? A new study of the VA’s mental health services, ordered by Congress, revealed that about half of U.S. veterans who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq don’t get the mental health care they need. The VA recognizes that the need for mental health services is critical; the suicide rate among military veterans is about 22 percent percent higher than among adults who did not serve in the military.

Trump said that he would like the military parade to follow the same route as his inaugural parade and pass by the Trump International Hotel. Does he hope that the size of the crowd will really match his claims this time? Perhaps the spectacle will include Donald Trump sporting a military uniform with medals he has awarded to himself and a hat bigger than those of North Korean military generals.

Jacelyn Wedell,

Missoula

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