Fox's Pete Hegseth, Brian Kilmeade criticize American veterans who apply for every government benefit they qualify for

Fox's Pete Hegseth, Brian Kilmeade criticize American veterans who apply for every government benefit they qualify for

Hegseth tars veterans using all their government benefits as "dependent" while Kilmeade suggests they lack "personal integrity"

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From the April 5 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends

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PETE HEGSETH (FOX NEWS HOST): This is a really complicated discussion. This is about disability ratings, which isn't always necessarily tied to health care but the idea that this -- the health care you get is about service-connected disabilities. If you go to war, and you get injured, we'll take care of you. So when you come home, they try to rate how disabled you are and that's how much care you get. Well, I could be rated for 50% right now if I wanted to be. I mean, just to have a totally -- and vets know this out there, I could do ear, and ankle, and knee, and back.

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Because it's proportional, right? 

HEGSETH: Because it's proportional for different injuries that you have. Groups out there -- vets groups, mostly -- encourage vets to apply for every government benefit they can ever get after they leave the service. 

DOOCY: Why not? 

HEGSETH: Because -- well, why not, right, if government's giving it out. To me, the ethos of service is I served my country because I love my country and I'm going to come home and start the next chapter of my life. And if I've got a chronic condition, mental, physical, otherwise, the government better be there for me. But otherwise, I don't want to be dependent if I don't have to be. 

KILMEADE: You got to have integrity. You got to have personal integrity. 

HEGSETH: Well and right now a lot of groups are convincing vets to give -- get, take more from the system as opposed to just what you need for the service you gave. 

Previously:

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