Lawmaker Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) is trying to get the VA to strip benefits from any veteran who attended the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6th.
Gallego — who served in the military himself — says those veterans need to be punished.
He claims their actions are “not representative of the large population of American veterans.”
Gallego made the request to withdraw their benefits in a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough.
“Many of the veterans and service members who attacked their own government actively and enthusiastically enjoy special benefits given to them by their fellow citizens,” Gallego declared.
“This situation is unjust. Any veteran or service member who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 forfeited their moral entitlement to privileged benefits at the expense of the people of the United States,” Gallego said
Gallego is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Gallego requested that McDonough work alongside the U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to figure out all the veterans that took part in the Jan. 6 events.
Then he wants all of those veterans’ benefits to be revoked.
It was previously reported by NPR that approximately 20% of the 140 people who were charged with crimes in connection with the January 6 riots have a military background.
Since that report was released, more than 300 people have been charged.