A slideshow presented to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees ahead of a Wednesday town hall meeting depicted veterans as the garbage can-dwelling Sesame Street character Oscar the Grouch – a characterization that some say perpetuates the negative stereotype that veterans are hostile and angry.
“What to Say to Oscar the Grouch – Dealing with Veterans During the Town Hall Claims Clinics,” is the title of the presentation, which includes 18 slides.
The Philadelphia Inquirer obtained the slideshow, which was presented to Philadelphia VA staffers on Friday, in preparation for a claims clinic to be held Wednesday.
The third slide of the presentation includes a picture of Oscar the Grouch poking out of his trash can domicile with a sign reading “Cranky” hanging from it.
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