To the Editor:
Subject: Service & sacrifice; a Vietnam vet on why the president is not fit to be commander-in-chief
Senator John McCain spent nearly six years being tortured as a prisoner of war. The president said “he’s not a war hero” and called him a “dummy.”
During his 44 years in the Marine Corps, Secretary of Defense James Mattis received multiple military awards including the Bronze Star and Combat Action Ribbon. The president called him “the world’s most overrated General.”
The Russians paid to have U.S. troops killed. The president did nothing.
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman served in the Army for more than two decades, receiving the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. The president called him “insubordinate” and stated he received poor performance reviews.
Senator Tammy Duckworth lost both legs in combat. The president tweeted a comment calling her a “coward.”
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in the Viet Nam war. The president called him “a fool.”
When the president was queried regarding his multiple draft deferments he replied, “You think I’m stupid, I wasn’t going to Vietnam.”
The president considers our troops who died in combat as “losers” and “suckers”.
As a Navy hospital corpsman serving as a combat medic in Viet Nam, I provided emergency medical care for wounded and dying Marines. These men were not “losers” or “suckers”.
Active duty military personnel and veterans know what it means to serve and sacrifice for our country.
Service and sacrifice mean nothing to the president. He has no respect for members of the military. He insults veterans. He is not fit to be commander-in-chief.
U.S. Navy hospital corpsman 8/68-8/72, combat medic 1 st Marine Division Viet Nam 12/69-12/70
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