Donald Trump achievements: Veterans

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This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to veterans issues.


Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin stated on June 7, 2017, that improving the Department of Veterans Affairs was a "top priority" for the Trump Administration.[1][2] Shulkin, a holdover from the Obama Administration, admitted that the Trump Administration was "quicker" and "more decisive" than the previous one,[3] and he moved to modernize the department during his tenure.[4] The Trump Administration worked aggressively and effectively to improve the VA, and Shulkin received bipartian support.[5]

Legislation signed, 2017

  • April 19, 2017—President Trump signed an extension of the Veterans Choice Act of 2014, which allowed veterans to seek medical care outside the VA system due to serious VA problems.[6][7]
  • June 2, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law giving preference in federal grants to "federal and state law enforcement agencies that hire and train veterans".[8]
  • June 23, 2017—President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law (Trump described the law as "one of the largest reforms to the VA in its history"[9]), which expanded protections for VA whistleblowers, gave the VA the authority to end bonuses to convicted employees, made quicker and easier the process for firing, suspending, and demoting employees.[10]
  • August 12, 2017—President Trump signed a bill which, in addition to extending the department's Choice Program for an additional six months, authorized $1.8 billion so the VA could lease and open 28 medical facilities and so it could implement a new hiring program.[11]
  • August 16, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law expanding GI benefits for veterans, including removing a 15-year time limit on using GI benefits and giving veterans additional payments for science, engineering, and technology courses at universities, among other provisions.[12]
  • August 23, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law streamlining and making more convenient the process for veterans to appeal disability benefit claims.[13]

Executive actions, 2017

  • April 27, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order creating an office in the Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate obstacles preventing the VA from firing incompetent employees, and to protect those who reveal cases of incompetence in the department.[14]
  • June 5, 2017—The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would adopt the same medical records system as the Defense Department in order to bring better care for veterans.[15][16]
  • July 7, 2017—The Department of Veterans Affairs made public its disciplinary actions against its employees,[17] and it reported that day having fired over 500 employees since January 2017 and suspending nearly 200.[18]
  • August 3, 2017—The Trump Administration added several new services to the VA's telehealth program, making it easier for veterans to obtain health care services such as through letting them conduct medical examinations remotely and giving them the ability to schedule appointments electronically.[19]

Other achievements, 2017

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate of U.S. military veterans in October 2017 had fallen to a record low of 2.7%, mirroring the decreasing unemployment rate under President Trump.[20]


In 2018, President Trump and his administration continued working to help veterans.[21]

Legislation signed, 2018

  • June 6, 2018—President Trump signed the VA Mission Act into law, a major reform of the department which expanded veterans' access to private healthcare, created new healthcare programs, and reorganized existing programs for efficiency.[22]

Executive actions, 2018

  • January 9, 2018—President Trump signed an executive order directing the federal government to expand mental health services for veterans in order to reduce the number of veteran suicides.[23]
  • September 2018—The VA announced it had exceeded its goal of delivering 81,000 appeals decisions in Fiscal Year 2018 – a 52% increase from Fiscal Year 2017 – on claims for disability benefits two weeks earlier than expected.[24]
  • September 18, 2018—The VA announced that five of its hospitals were removed from its list of high-risk facilities because of improving conditions.[25]
  • November 8, 2018—The VA announced it would end the practice of "official time" for its medical employees, where they get paid for working for their unions rather than for what they were hired to do.[26]

Other achievements, 2018

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • The Trump Administration continued working to reduce the number of homeless veterans, and the number fell over 5% between 2017 and 2018 and stood at half the level in 2009, with female veteran homelessness falling 10% between 2017 and 2018.[27]
  • In 2018, U.S. veteran unemployment fell to 3.5%, the lowest level since 2001, and the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans fell to the lowest level on record.[28]


President Trump signs an executive order regarding veterans, March 5, 2019

The Trump Administration continued working to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs.[29] The VA increased its reliance on private healthcare and saw service improve as a result.[30] President Trump received significantly stronger support from veterans than from the overall U.S. population.[31] The economic boom in the U.S. also helped veterans.[32]

Legislation signed, 2019

  • June 25, 2019—President Trump signed a bill into law that fast-tracked benefits for Vietnam veterans likely exposed to Agent Orange.[33]
  • December 20, 2019—The spending bill signed by President Trump[34] advanced the Veterans Choice program supported by Trump.[35] The bill also repealed the "widow's tax" which affected the spouses of slain service members.[36]

Executive actions, 2019

  • January 31, 2019—The VA announced new rules expanding private healthcare services for veterans, allowing them to see a private doctor if they live over 30 minutes away from a VA clinic or have to wait over 20 days for service.[37]
  • February 26, 2019—VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced his department would prioritize Purple Heart recipients for veterans' benefits claims.[38]
  • March 4, 2019—President Trump signed an executive order to help veterans and active-duty servicemembers easily join the U.S. Merchant Marine.[39]
  • March 5, 2019—President Trump signed an order creating a task force to combat and reduce veteran suicides.[40]
  • July 3, 2019—The Department of Veterans Affairs strengthened religious liberty protections in its hospitals, allowing Bibles on its premises again.[41]
  • August 21, 2019—President Trump signed a memorandum canceling student loan debt for disabled veterans.[42]

Other achievements, 2019

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • November 11, 2019—President Trump became the first president to attend the New York City Veterans Day Parade, attending and speaking on its 100th anniversary.[43]


By early 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs had improved its services compared to when President Trump first assumed office.[44]

Legislation signed, 2020

  • February 11, 2020—President Trump signed into law S.153, a bill sponsored by Marco Rubio that would expand veteran eligibilities for STEM careers.[45]
  • March 21, 2020—President Trump signed S.3503 into law, a bill that authorized the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improvise education programs.[46]
  • April 10, 2020—President Trump signed a series of bills into law, including the following:[47]
    • H.R. 1365, which simplifies payments that are given to survivors and victims of the occupation and attack of Guam by Imperial Japanese forces.[48]
    • S.760, a bill sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters (D–MI) which improvises veteran apprenticeship programs.[49]
  • August 8, 2020—President Trump signed several bills into law, including:[50]
    • H.R. 886, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Charlie Crist (D–FL) and introduced in the Senate by Martha McSally (R–AZ) that would expand treatment courts for veterans nationwide.[51][52]
    • H.R. 3504, a bill that would expand a federal grant program for disabled veterans and increase the maximum benefits for adaptive housing projects.[51][53]

Other achievements, 2020

  • February 19, 2020—President Trump held a rally in Arizona at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum,[54] where he honored visiting 100 year-old World War II veteran Ervin Julian, giving the latter a signed hat and provoking a thunderous chant of "USA!"[55]
  • April 8, 2020—President Trump issued a proclamation honoring American POWs, declaring the day National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.[57]
  • July 24, 2020—President Trump signed a proclamation commemorating the end of the Korean War and honoring the American troops who fought there.[58]
  • August 7, 2020—President Trump issued a commemoration to recipients of the Purple Heart on the 2020 National Purple Heart Day.[59]
  • September 2, 2020—Donald Trump traveled to Wilmington, North Carolina to commemorate the end of World War II, honoring the veterans there.[60]

Setbacks, 2020

  • February 8, 2020—Despite President Trump's push for VA accountability, there was a whistleblower allegation against the bureau, accusing it of seeking damaging information on a woman who made an allegation of sexual assault.[61]
  • March 5, 2020—The VA's Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection was accused of intimidating whistleblowers.[62]


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