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Dis­hon­or­ing Viet­nam veter­ans

- U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Vietnam · Donald Trump · Washington · John McCain · Arizona

The June 6 news ar­ti­cle “Trump on Viet­nam: He’d have been ‘hon­ored’ to serve” quoted Pres­i­dent Trump as say­ing, re­gard­ing his lack of ser­vice, “But I think I make up for it right now . . . be­cause we’re re­build­ing our mil­i­tary at a level that it’s never seen be­fore.” This is clas­sic Trump, pay­ing the cost (in this case po­lit­i­cal) of his be­hav­ior on the backs of oth­ers, i.e., tax­pay­ers, of which he has not al­ways been one.

Robert Devlin, Wash­ing­ton

Pres­i­dent Trump now says he would have been hon­ored to serve in Viet­nam but did not. He is not the only priv­i­leged young man to avoid ser­vice then and come up with a no­ble ex­cuse later. But he stands alone among draft dodgers by cru­elly dis­parag­ing those who did serve, par­tic­u­larly pris­on­ers of war. By say­ing he doesn’t like peo­ple who get cap­tured, he in­sulted all POWs, not just the late sen­a­tor John Mc­Cain (R-Ariz.).

I know. My brother was a POW who was tor­tured and im­pris­oned for 7½ years and tragically sur­vived only four months of free­dom. With his words, Mr. Trump has driven a sharp, filthy stick into the open wounds from which fam­i­lies such as mine will suf­fer for the rest of our lives.

Robert Brudno, Wash­ing­ton

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