And I said, 'Man, that’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart," Trump said. 'This was much easier.”'
Mr trump, if you wanted one so much you could have went off to war and earned one like so many brave men and women, but instead.....
"Back in 1968, at the age of 22, Donald J. Trump seemed the picture of health.
He stood 6 feet 2 inches with an athletic build; had played football, tennis and squash; and was taking up golf. His medical history was unblemished, aside from a routine appendectomy when he was 10.
But after he graduated from college in the spring of 1968, making him eligible to be drafted and sent to Vietnam, he received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels.
The diagnosis resulted in a coveted 1-Y medical deferment that fall, exempting him from military service as the United States was undertaking huge troop deployments to Southeast Asia, inducting about 300,000 men into the military that year.
The deferment was one of five Mr. Trump received during Vietnam. The others were for education.
His experience during the era is drawing new scrutiny after the Muslim American parents of a soldier who was killed in Iraq publicly questioned whether Mr. Trump had ever sacrificed for his country. In an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, the soldier’s father, Khizr Khan, directly addressed Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, saying, “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Mr. Trump’s public statements about his draft experience sometimes conflict with his Selective Service records, and he is often hazy in recalling details.
In an interview with The New York Times last month, Mr. Trump said the bone spurs had been “temporary” — a “minor” malady that had not had a meaningful impact on him. He said he had visited a doctor who provided him a letter for draft officials, who granted him the medical exemption. He could not remember the doctor’s name.
“I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels,” Mr. Trump said in the interview."I get really pissed off when I think of the pampered connected trump doing everything in his powers to get out of serving his country. And now he has the audacity to question whether others are patriots because of their religion, where they were born, or how they look.
This stuff is personal to my family, because we have experienced the sting and the hurt of true sacrifice and bravery.
Mr Khan was right, trump should have given the medal back to that gentleman, and he should have told him in no uncertain terms that he does not deserve it.
Of course we know that he couldn't do that, because in his narcissistic and self-centered world, only self matters. Everything else, including his country-- and the brave souls who gave their lives to protect it- comes second.