WASHINGTON – A current presidential candidate is taking aim at a former president after it was released that he charged a veteran’s charity to attend a speaking event.
He was also provided with a private jet to travel to Houston, which cost the group $20,000.
Officials say the year before, former first lady Laura Bush received $50,000 for her speech at a gala event for the same group.
Helping a Hero is a nonprofit organization that helps to outfit homes for veterans who were wounded during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Donald Trump, a current presidential hopeful, took to Twitter after learning the news.
Trump wasn’t the only one criticizing the move.
“For him to be paid to raise money for veterans that were wounded in combat under his orders, I don’t think that’s right,” said Eddie Wright, a Marine who lost both hands in a rocket attack in Iraq in 2004. “You sent me to war. I was doing what you told me to do, gladly for you and our country and I have no regrets. But it’s kind of a slap in the face.”
Robert Clark, a chairman for the charity, said the president’s visited helped to raise “significant funds.” In fact, they say they received nearly $2.5 million that year in donations.
A former chairman told ABC News that the former commander-in-chief reduced his fee from $250,000 to $100,000 for the group. However, a report by Politico states that Bush’s fees typically range between $100,000 and $175,000.
A spokesman for the former president did not immediately return a call and email from NBC News.
The office of former President Bill Clinton said he has never received a speaking fee for addressing a veterans group. The office of former President Jimmy Carter also added that he has never accepted money to speak to a veterans group.
A spokesperson for former President George Herbert Walker Bush said he did not receive a fee after being requested for charity events.
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was the featured speaker at last year’s Helping a Hero charity fundraiser and did not charge a fee, according to ABC News.