Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson did her best to use a Gold Star family to shame President Donald Trump, but now it appears the shame is on her.
After she accused the president of being insensitive to the widow of a fallen serviceman, Wilson’s record on veteran’s issues has begun to be scrutinized.
The measures Wilson has voted against include legislation meant to continue funding of veterans benefits, payments to widows (much like the woman she used as a prop to attack President Trump) and death and burial benefits for soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2013, according to Fox News.
In 2013, she voted against the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act” which provided funds for the Veterans Administration, the military, and prevents a government shutdown.
That same year Wilson, again, voted against a measure to protect payments to veterans and their families from a government shutdown, according to Fox News.
The motion was particularly important in the wake of reports that the families of four soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 had been deprived of benefits due to the shutdown in Washington.
The families of slain soldiers were denied burial benefits and up to $100,000 to each family, among other benefits, the New York Times reported. Wilson voted against the resolution ensuring that the benefits reached the families.
Defense Department spokesman Carl Woog said the department did not have “the authority to pay death gratuities and other key benefits for the survivors of service members killed in action” due to the government shutdown.
Meanwhile, Wilson has been making the rounds on every national television show she can find, from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to ABC’s “The View,” painting herself as a champion of veterans since she was in the car with widow Myeshia Johnson when the president called her.
Johnson’s husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was among those killed in an ambush attack by Islamic State forces in Niger last week.
Wilson claimed that the president callously told the widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”
President Trump has disputed her recounting of the conversation and said he had proof to the contrary.
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