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President Trump’s generous act  voluntarily donating his personal presidential salary to the  National Park Service Antietam National  Battlefield  in Maryland completely exemplifies  the civic volunteerism Fort Howard Community Association embraces in its mission ” to preserve, enhance, or maintain the rural, historic, small town, Chesapeake Bay character of Fort Howard, Maryland.” 

It is hoped President Trump recognizes and will soon make a similar gesture at the  Historic District of the Fort Howard Veterans Medical Campus  in Fort Howard, Maryland creating a national/state/community park dedicated to the Veterans of our blessed nation.

Thank you Mr. President for your ongoing mission “preserving, enhancing , or maintaining,” the history of Fort Howard and all the United States of America. 

“During his 2016 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump, a billionaire real estate developer, vowed that if elected he would forgo the $400,000 annual presidential salary. So far as president Trump has stuck to that promise, handing over checks every three months for various projects overseen by different government departments.

In the first quarter of 2017, for example, President Trump donated $78,333 (his $100,000 salary for that quarter, after taxes) to the Department of the Interior, specifically for the National Park Service’s maintenance of an historic Civil War site. His contribution was put towards two projects at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.

In July 2017, the White House announced in a press release that President Trump had donated his second-quarter salary to a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for children, overseen by the Education Department. He signed over his third-quarter salary to the Department of Health and Human Services for a public awareness campaign about opioid addiction, and the last of his 2017 salary went towards an infrastructure grant program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

As the Washington Post has pointed out, some of the initiatives President Trump donated to were at uncertain stages of development or did not yet exist at the time he made his contribution, which prompted some additional scrutiny, but President Trump has nonetheless stayed true to his word and handed over a check representing his presidential salary every three months.

Trump continued this tradition in 2018, donating his first-quarter salary to the Department of Veterans Affairs, a sum which then-Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said had been earmarked for “caregiver support in the form of mental health and peer support programs, financial aid, education training, and research.” The president donated another quarter’s salary to the U.S. Small Business Administration for the purpose of establishing an “Emerging Leaders” program focused “on helping veterans start small businesses after military life.”


Scott Pappas
President, Fort Howard Community Association, Inc.


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