Chicken hawks are all the Republican rage: https://www.thestar.com/news/world/...times-including-deferment-for-heel-spurs.html Trump avoided Vietnam draft 5 times, including deferment for heel spurs The Republican nominee's experience during the Vietnam War is drawing scrutiny after he was accused of “sacrificing nothing” by the parents of a soldier who was killed in Iraq. In 1968, at the age of 22, Donald 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 spring 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 Trump received during Vietnam. The others were for education.