Veterans' issues becomes focus of presidential campaign

Posted at 10:23 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 23:32:24-04

Military issues and veterans' concerns were raised in NBC's Commander in Chief Forum Wednesday night.

TODAYS TMJ4's Charles Benson talked with veterans about their choice for president this year.

During dart ball practice at the American Legion Post in Brookfield, Veteran Ron Anderson gets right to the point when it comes to presidential politics.

"I look for trust," said Anderson.

With the Commander in Chief Forum on in the background, the Air Force veteran says he's worried about the military being stretched too thin. He wants someone who will rebuild the military.

He thinks Donald Trump is the guy who can shake up Washington and the Pentagon.

"He certainly knows how to fire people, that's certainly been shown on the TV," said Anderson. "But in real life, I also think when he embarks on a project he'll probably finish it."

Veterans tend to back Republican presidential candidates, and a recent NBC News poll of veterans shows Donald Trump with a big lead over Hillary Clinton - 55% to 36%.

But some veterans like Tom Krall aren't sold on either candidate.

"I would like to know what direction they are going to take this country."

Krall spent five years in the Army and spent time in Afghanistan.

He's still looking for a presidential candidate.

"Right now Trump just wants to build a giant wall from Mexico and Hillary's just messing around with emails," said Krall.

Military and veterans issues are also expected to play prominently in the three presidential debates.