Former President George W. Bush criticized after receiving $100,000 for speaking to wounded veterans

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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.

NBC News confirmed that former President George W. Bush was paid $100,000 to attend a veterans charity gala in Houston in 2012.

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.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/619116090501799936

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/619105146128179201

Trump wasn’t the only one criticizing the move.

https://twitter.com/ColMorrisDavis/status/618973271942406144

“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.

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