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Trump Likens His Prep School Education to Military Service

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to highlight POW-MIA issues on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, U.S. May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2EQSU
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to highlight POW-MIA issues on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, U.S. May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2EQSU

Trump told his biographer that he “always felt that I was in the military” because he attended a pricey prep school. Trump went as far as saying that the prep school afforded him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.” Though the school is military-themed–it’s called the New York Military Academy (NYMA)–its own website describes itself as “a college preparatory school” and makes no mention of enrollment into the military. In fact, NYMA’s list of “Alumni of Distinction” include mostly business executives.

Trump’s assertions about getting military training may offend veterans who actually did, especially in light of the fact that Trump avoided the draft for the Vietnam war, having obtained four separate draft deferments. This didn’t stop Trump from calling his alleged promiscuity as being his own “personal Vietnam. As Trump said in a 1997 Howard  Stern interview:

“I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world. It is a dangerous world out there. It’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam-era…it is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”

This wasn’t the first time Trump got himself into hot water on the topic of the military. He also boasted raising $6 million for veterans but his campaign later admitted that it had not raised that amount. Trump also touted giving $1 million of his own money to Vets but a Washington Post investigation found no Veterans groups had gotten that money from Trump. When The Washington Post pressed Trump to release records proving his donation, Trump replied bluntly, “Why should I give you records?…I don’t have to give you records.”

Also, Trump said of Vietnam veteran and Arizona Senator John McCain, “He’s not a war hero…He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

McCain later responded, “I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country.”

Trump’s comments about prisoners of war notwithstanding, on Memorial Day, Trump gave a speech at an event meant to remember US military members taken as prisoners of war, the 29th  annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle run. At the event, Trump claimed that undocumented immigrants are treated better than US military veterans, despite citing no evidence to support this.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump’s plan to improve medical care for veterans amounts to a scheme to privatize the Veterans Affairs administration and adopt an insurance model similar to the private system that Americans overwhelmingly hate.

Though Trump has been vague on his strategy on how to handle the Islamic State, on Memorial Day he retweeted a sentiment that might give insight into his plans:

Trump Has Investments in Corporations He Attacked

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