Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey wants President Donald Trump to prove that the bone spurs that purportedly kept him from serving in the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War are real.
Kerrey — a former Navy SEAL officer and Medal of Honor recipient who lost part of his right leg in 1969 and served in the senate from 1989 too 2001 — demanded Trump present X-rays of his feet during an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday in response to Trump's recent comments regarding the late Sen. John McCain.
"While John McCain was flying combat operations in Vietnam, you were, I think, falsifying that you had bone spurs in order not to go to Vietnam," Kerrey said. "Now, I know lots of people who avoided the draft, but this isn't what he's saying. He said 'I physically couldn't go.' Well, Mr. President, get your feet X-rayed and let's see those bone spurs. I don't think he has them."
Trump had previously criticized McCain as "a war hero because he was captured," among other things, before the late senator and Vietnam POW's death in August 2018. On Wednesday, the commander-in-chief complained that he "didn't get a thank you" for approving McCain's funeral.
"Not my kind of guy," Trump said of McCain during a visit to a factory in Limo, Ohio. "But some people like him and I think that's great."
Speaking to Anderson Cooper, Kerrey stated that he believes Trump's thought McCain was a "fool" for going to Vietnam.
"We were the suckers. We were the stupid ones," Kerrey said. "We were the ones that didn't have the resources to be able to get out of the draft."
Trump received five draft deferments that kept him out of the draft's reach, for of which were forr college, the New York Times previously reported. After he graduated in 1968, Trump received a bone spurs diagnosis that resulted in a 1-Y medical deferment that exempted him from military service.
Army Futures Command will reach fully operational status just before the newest gem of the Army's modernization plan sees its first birthday on August 24th, officials announced on Tuesday.
AFC Commander Gen. John "Mike" Murray told reporters at a technologies showcase on Tuesday that the command will be fully operational on July 31st before showing off everything AFC personnel have been working on over the last year, from night vision goggles and robotic vehicles to new air- and missile-defense capabilities.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has been told to stop using the Marine Corps' emblem and the 1st Marine Division's motto in his campaign literature, Corps officials confirmed.
The Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Office has sent Hunter, a Marine veteran, a cease and desist letter telling him to quit using the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem along with the phrase, "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy," on a fundraising mailer that accuses his political opponent of having links to terrorism, NBC News first reported on Wednesday.
Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies have arrested a U.S. Army recruiter for investigation of soliciting girls as young as 10 years old for sex after he allegedly sent selfies calling himself "Colorado batman," the sheriff's department reported.
An Army appeals court has rejected Bowe Bergdahl's claim that President Trump's public description of him as "a no-good traitor who should have been executed" and other comments on the disgraced soldier's case constituted unlawful command influence (UCI).
The Marine Corps must update its parental-leave policies to give new moms and dads time with their newborns, the service's new top general wrote this week, including considering a full year's worth of leave for women who've had a child.
Marines should not be expected to choose between being the best parent possible and their career duties, Commandant Gen. David Berger wrote in his planning guidance released to the force Tuesday.
"These outcomes should never be in competition to the extent that success with one will come at the expense of the other," Berger wrote. "Our parental/maternity leave policies are inadequate and have failed to keep pace with societal norms and modern talent management practices."