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This Iraq War vet counters Trump’s claim that soldiers stole millions

(Editor's note: We Are The Mighty has no political affiliation. This post is presented solely because of the veteran response in this case.) Iraq War vet and music journalist Corbin Reiff didn't take too kindly to <a href="htt…
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(Editor’s note: We Are The Mighty has no political affiliation. This post is presented solely because of the veteran response in this case.)


Iraq War vet and music journalist Corbin Reiff didn’t take too kindly to Donald Trump’s comments on the campaign trail recently that insinuated that U.S. soldiers stole the money they were supposed to give out for Iraqi reconstruction projects. Reiff took to Twitter with the following burst of tweets, 140 characters per:

Just a small warning, I’m about to go on a bit of a rant.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

I rarely discuss politics on this platform, but yesterday, the Republican nominee for President said something that compels me to speak out.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

I spent five years, from 2006-2011 as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

When I deployed to Iraq in 2009 I was made Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of Foreign Claims for the entirety of Western Baghdad.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

That’s an area that covers roughly 5 million people. I was 21 years old and will admit, very much in over my head.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

My job for a whole year was to assess damage to Iraqi citizen’s property, and person and compensate them monetarily.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

So if a helicopter dropped a flare and burned a kid, or an MRAP ran into a generator or someone’s goat while on patrol…

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

Or we killed someone in the line of fire, it was my job to make it right.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

Affected citizens would make the drive from as far as Lebanon on a weekly basis to see if their claims had been adjudicated.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

The job was tough, almost impossible, but it was the just thing to do and helped build a bridge of trust between us and the citizenry.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

I basically spent a year of my life in an aluminum trailer, away from my friends and family enduring mortar attacks nearly every night.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

There was always more to do, and the stack of files and faces never dwindled. I got half a day off every two weeks.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

I had to look widows and orphans in the eye as tears ran down their cheeks telling me through an interpreter their heartbreaking stories.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

Every mission out into the city carried with it tremendous risk, but we had a job to do, and forcibly put that out of our minds.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

In the course of my job, I was entrusted with a lot of taxpayer money, all in American cash.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

As a result, we instantly became a high value target for insurgents who wanted to relieve us of said cash at one of our weekly gatherings.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

Yesterday, @realDonaldTrump , a man who never served in any capacity said this about me and my brethren that served in Iraq.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

“How about bringing baskets of money — millions and millions of dollars — and handing it out?”

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

“I want to know who were the soldiers that had that job, because I think they’re living very well right now.” https://t.co/DFZU5VEKhN

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

I am living well right now – some student loan debt aside – but not because I pocketed the hard-earned taxpayer money that I was entrusted.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

In my time overseas, the procedures that were put in place to prevent that from happening were frustratingly thorough.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

The idea that Trump would call out the integrity of those who answered the call of service and deployed to a war zone is repellant.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

For this reason, and many more, he’s proven that he’s someone with neither the temperament, nor the character, to be Commander in Chief.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

Don’t believe him when he says he’s for Veterans. It’s lip service entirely.

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016

A very very young me with my interpreter out in Baghdad around 2010. pic.twitter.com/q21cQwETD0

— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 15, 2016