FACT CHECK: ‘So Here’s A Message To The Soldier Boys. Get a job’ – Did Kamala Harris Make This Statement About Veterans Affairs?
A viral Facebook post attributes to Vice President Kamala Harris a quote about veterans and shutting down Department of Veterans Affairs facilities that reads in part, “So here’s a message to the soldier boys. Get a job.”
Harris never said the quote. It originated from a satire website.
The Feb. 14 post credits Harris with making a comment about President Joe Biden’s administration “shuttering the VA, taking away soldier welfare” within the next four years. It alleges Harris announced that they would reallocate the money “to better use in assisting refugee families.” (RELATED: Does This Video Show Paris Police Clashing With Refugees?)
“The United States government cannot continue to pay for the every need of what has become a special class of citizen. Veterans are equal to us, not better than. Veterans Affairs coddles them,” Harris is quoted as saying in part. “It creates a dependency upon us which is not doing these former soldiers any good. They need to learn to live on their own two feet and be responsible adults. The easiest way to assist them on this journey is to cut them off.”
In reality, there is no record of Harris making the comment attributed to her in the Facebook post. It doesn’t appear in any of her social media posts, in transcripts housed on the White House website or in her remarks documented in the Congressional Record. Check Your Fact also didn’t find any military-focused media outlets such as the Military Times, Stars and Stripes and Defense News attributing the quote to her as of Feb. 16.
While campaigning for president in 2019, Harris pledged in a Medium post to expand Veterans Affairs health care and housing assistance access to over 500,000 veterans that received “other-than-honorable” discharges. She also proposed creating a grant program to give communities the resources to help provide transitional housing to veterans that need it.
The fabricated statement appears to have originated in a satire article published by America’s Last Line of Defense. Check Your Fact previously debunked a false claim about Biden announcing he would defund the Department of Veterans Affairs that originated on the same website. America’s Last Line of Defense describes itself as part of a network that publishes “parody, satire, and tomfoolery.”
“Everything on this website is fiction,” the website disclaims. “It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real.”