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#1 grog

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 10:47 AM

McCain blasts draft-dodging Trump for Vietnam 'bone spur' excuse
 
 
 
 
October 23, 2017
 
 
 
 
Arizona Senator John McCain appears to have taken a swipe at President Donald Trump for avoiding the army draft during the Vietnam War.
 
In an interview aired on C-Span on Sunday, McCain criticized those who were able to avoid serving in the military by citing medical conditions in comments about draft deferment.
 
"One aspect of the conflict by the way that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur," McCain said. "That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve."
 
McCain was speaking about the Vietnam War and its effects on American society. He said the "gradual escalation" of the conflict strengthened the enemy's resolve and led to repercussions like, "the New Age, the use of drugs [and] demonstrations," that split society in the US.
 
"It was a tumultuous time, and most of it was bred by the conflict," McCain said, before going on to make the bone spur comment.
 
Trump received five separate deferments from the military draft during the almost-20-year war in Vietnam. The first four were education deferments and the fifth was for bone spurs, bone protrusions caused by a buildup of calcium.
 
Bone spurs can be treated through stretching, and sometimes surgery. Trump has been hazy on the details of his medical exemption when asked about it, and claimed to have forgotten which heel was affected by the bone spurs. He said his healed up over time.
 
He was granted a one-year medical deferment and then kept that status from 1968 to 1972. He was then granted 4-F status, meaning he was permanently disqualified from service.
 
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#2 grog

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 11:12 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 10:10 PM

Bone spurs in the foot can be symptomatic of more significant problems like Plantar Fasciitis. This, again is often interlinked with Pes Planus or other problems with the foot.

 

  I am not saying that is the diagnosis, but if I were to guess based upon the information given, that's what I think.

  And yes, people can get discarded for that, especially if persistent or recurrent.

 

  I am just a physician, previously having worked with veterans and even C&P exams (Compensation and pension), with no journalist training, but anyone  (in late 60's) not found eligible for military service due to  recurrent foot problems sounds very plausible to me.

 

   Again, this is nothing but the swamp continuing to try tarnishing anyone who actually wants to do something.

 

 

   Trump is a good man, but the rest (republicans AND democrats) are horrible people, IMHO. I support the president very much, but would never have done so if he were another technocrat with a random letter behind his name.


Edited by DrSher, 03 November 2017 - 10:14 PM.

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