President Elect Donald J. Trump -
This does not constitute, nor does it suffice as "serving your country." It's called Military SCHOOL. NOT serving in the Military.
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.
Bill Clinton -
IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THE ENTIRE PIECE I'LL GIVE YOU THE CRIB NOTES. HE GOT OUT OF SERVING. SO IN MY OPINION, HE IS A SHAMEFUL COWARD.
In 1964 Bill Clinton was classified 2-S (student deferment), which protected him from the draft throughout his undergraduate years at Georgetown University. As Bill Clinton approached graduation from Georgetown in 1968 his classification was changed to 1-A (Available for the draft).
Family and friends with political influence kept Bill Clinton out of the draft after his graduation from Georgetown University. His uncle, Raymond Clinton, in 1968 personally contacted Senator Fulbright, William Armstrong (Chairman of the Hot Springs draft board) and Lt. Commander Tice Ellis, Jr. (Commanding Officer of the local Naval Reserve unit) to obtain a slot for Bill in the Naval Reserve. A slot was especially created for Bill when no existing reserve slots were open at his local reserve unit.
Bill Clinton, choosing not to follow through, failed to show up at the reserve unit for his interview and physical. Raymond Clinton later informed Lt. Com. Ellis that Bill would not be joining the reserves and that everything has been taken care of.
On February 2nd, 1969 Bill Clinton, while at Oxford University, finally takes his physical for the armed services and passes. His pre-induction physical was delayed over 10 months (twice as long as anyone else in his age group and situation).
In April 1969 Clinton fails to show up for his induction to military service. Clinton claims he did not receive the notice until after the dead line date and the draft board told him to ignore this notice.
While still in Oxford, Bill Clinton begins planning his appeal for his next induction notice. The plan he comes up with is to have his notice rescinded by joining the R.O.T.C. at the University of Arkansas.
In July of 1969 Clinton returns home from Oxford after he receives a second induction notice. He is to report on July 28, 1969.
Clinton's friend and Oxford classmate, Cliff Jackson, had several friends in influential positions arranged a meeting for Bill Clinton with Col. William A. Hawkins. Hawkins was the only man in the State of Arkansas who could rescind the induction notice.
Clinton's induction notice was rescinded and was admitted into the Arkansas University R.O.T.C. program after he promised to enroll in law school at the University of Arkansas. Bill's new draft classification is 1-D (ROTC deferment)
For the remainder of the summer, Bill Clinton goes to Washington D.C. and works with the anti-war movement at the National Headquarters of the Vietnam Moratorium.
George W. Bush -
On May 2 1973, Richard Nixon was still reeling from the Watergate scandal. American troops were on their way home from Vietnam. And outside Houston, in Texas, a 26-year-old named George Bush, a lieutenant in the National Guard, reported for drill duty as usual at Ellington air force base.
That, at any rate, is the impression given by military payroll records released by the Bush administration on Tuesday. Apparently, however, Lt Bush's superiors at Ellington didn't see it that way. In an annual evaluation of his performance - dated, coincidentally, the very same day, May 2 - they conceded that they couldn't actually evaluate his performance, because they hadn't seen him for months.
Rush Limbaugh -
The best story concerns Rush Limbaugh, the ferociously bellicose radio personality, who allegedly had either "anal cysts" or an "ingrown hair follicle on his ass". It is not my custom to mock others' ailments, but anyone who has listened to Limbaugh's program can imagine the dripping scorn he would bring to the revelation that a prominent Democrat had skipped a war over something like that. Also, in his case, a pain in the ass is peculiarly appropriate.
Dick Cheney -
It was 1959 when Dick Cheney, then a student at Yale University, turned 18 and became eligible for the draft.
Mr. Cheney sought deferments. By the time he turned 26 in January 1967 and was no longer eligible for the draft, he had asked for and received five deferments, four because he was a student and one for being a new father.
My papa daddy. Abel Martinez, Jr., served as a medic during Korea. Was drafted and by the grace of God was sent to Germany.
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My brother, George A. Martinez. Served five years in the Navy - Seabees.
My grandfather Abel Martinez was a career army man. Served during WWI. Fought and was wounded in the Argonne Forrest in France. Wish I had a picture of him, but I don't.
Uncle Hector Martinez - Paratroopers.
Uncle Larry Salcido - served in the Philippines during WWII.
Uncle Pablo - served WWII. Was bayoneted by a Japanese soldier and lost an eye.
Uncle Francisco - Served in WWII. Came home.
Uncle Eliso Martinez - Served in WWII. Fought on the front lines. Came home.
Uncle Chato - Korea. Fought and saw action in Korea. Came home.
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Cousin Carlos Jimenez. Served in Vietnam. Was a career Army man.
My good GOOD Friend - Al Varela. Served in Vietnam, earned a Bronze Star.
My neighbor Frankie Felix - Vietnam, lost his leg. Came home and had a really difficult time.
I wish I had pictures of all of them so you could see what REAL HEROES look like. REAL MEN. Their country called and they went. They didn't cry about it, they didn't go to Canada, THEY DIDN'T RUN AWAY and they didn't get deferments. They went. They served. They fought. And thank God, they came home. I am incredibly proud of all of them. Wish I could say the same for the four cowards above.