Donald Trump promised a crowd of supporters at a Norfolk, Virginia, rally that he would reform the "corrupt" and "incompetent" Department of Veterans' Affairs.
“We're going to replace them with more effective ones to get our veterans working, which is what they want to do,” the 2016 Republican presidential candidate said during the Oct. 31 rally, according to Fox News. “We're going to transform the VA to meet the needs of the current veterans. Exposing and addressing the VA's inefficiencies and shortcomings will be rewarded, not punished. We're going to find out why it's going bad and we're going to fix it."
After his speech, the Trump campaign released a policy plan with a few more details.
"Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care,” a portion of the statement read. “Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it."
Congress has ordered an investigation on the Veterans Health Administration for alleged unreliability, and the legislators recently approved a $16.3 billion reform package for the department. Trump, who has made veteran care a major platform of his presidential campaign, said his experience as a successful businessman will help him improve veteran rehabilitation programs.
"We're going to increase funding for job training and services for companies hiring veterans, and they're getting a great deal because they get incentive and they hire the best people," Trump told the crowd. "...Service members have learned valuable skills in the military, but many need help understanding how to apply those skills in civilian life."
Some opponents argue that the plan sounds perfect on the surface but does not specifically address how the former reality star would fight unions to implement the aggressive reform. Others are praising Trump for his tough negotiation skills, the Washington Examiner reports.
"What is Trump known for?" former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie said, according to the Washington Examiner. "He's known for the line, 'you're fired,' and there's no better way to bring accountability to a business than to fire the people who are in charge of it."
"If you have failed as a VA official, he's going to hold you accountable," Higbie added. "If we want to get this done, we need a businessman to get it."