Veterans react ahead of President Trump's visit to upstate New York

August 13, 2018 06:15 AM

President Donald Trump is heading to upstate New York Monday, making stops in Fort Drum and Utica.

During his trip he's expected to sign the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act, giving a boost to our military.

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It will allow the government to spend $716 billion on the military.

That's a $16 billion increase from the last fiscal year and the big thing here is that this will give military members a nearly 3 percent salary increase.

This is the largest military pay hike in the last nine years.

The bill allows for an increase in troops, equipment, and weapons for The Department of Defense and will also secure funding for a military parade that President Trump has previously mentioned.  

News10NBC spoke to local veterans about this, they say this bill is a token of appreciation for the military but also secures the resources necessary to keep everyone in the country safe.

Mike Cialini, the commander of the Perinton Memorial VFW said, "all political thoughts aside President Trump is very supportive of the military, I think he recognizes what the military does and what he could at a moments notice ask them to do and being able to give them a decent pay raise is key."

This act passed through Congress by an overwhelming majority, but New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand was among a handful to vote 'no' on the bill.

After President Trump signs the act into law, active military members will begin to get that pay raise on Jan. 1, 2019.


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