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Trump announces event to benefit veterans during Fox debate

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  • The event on Thursday will be hosted at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
  • No other information was provided, with the statement only saying "additional details to follow"

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's campaign announced Wednesday that the GOP front-runner will hold a "special event" to benefit veterans during Fox News' Republican debate.

The event on Thursday, hosted at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, will start with a pre-program at 8 p.m. ET, and the main event will start at 9 p.m. ET, a statement said.
    No other information was provided, with the statement only saying "additional details to follow."
    The announcement comes after Trump announced he would skip Fox's debate Thursday night due to an ongoing feud with the network.
    Wednesday morning, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski predicted on "Good Morning America" that "the American people will tune in" for Trump's alternative event "because they want to support that."
    But the leader of one veterans group says he doesn't want any donations from Trump's fundraiser.
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff tweeted Wednesday that he would decline any contributions that came from the event.
    "If offered, @IAVA will decline donations from Trump's event. We need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts," he said.