Donald Trump deferred the US military draft 5 times, New York Times reports

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NYT:Trump Deferred Military Service Five Times During Vietnam War

On Sunday, Ghazala Khan — the mother of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq — hit back at Republican nominee Donald Trump after he slammed her husband Khizr Khan's Democratic National Convention speech.

"I don't think [Trump] knows the meaning of the sacrifice," she wrote in a statement.

On Monday night, the New York Times released a report on the candidate that some might argue quantifies Khan's claim: According to the Times, Trump deferred the draft a total of five times over the course of the Vietnam War.

See Ghazala Khan at the DNC:

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Khizr Khan, whose son, Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army in the 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, offers to loan his copy of the Constitution to Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, as he speaks while a relative looks on during the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Captain Humayun Khan, died while serving his country in 2004. 

(Photo credit Khizr M. Khan)

Khizr Khan walks off stage after speaking about his son US Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq 12 years ago, on the final night of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Khizr Khan, who's son Humayun (L) was killed serving in the U.S. Army, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Khizr Khan, father of Humayun S. M. Khan who was killed while serving in Iraq with the US Army, speaks during the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: Khizr Khan, father of deceased Muslim U.S. Soldier Humayun S. M. Khan, holds up a booklet of the US Constitution as he delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Khizr Khan, whose son Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 US Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after 9/11 speaks during the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Gold-Star father Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 in Iraq, puts his hand to his heart as he takes part in a discussion panel on the Muslim and refugee ban in the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton thanks Gold Star Father Khizr Khan after he spoke at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Gold-star father Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 in Iraq, takes part in a discussion panel on the Muslim and Refugee ban in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Gold Star father Khizr Khan speaks before introducing U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Trump, said the report, had an "unblemished" medical history, save for a "routine appendectomy" when he was a boy. His good health, coupled with what the Times termed an "athletic build" from playing a handful of sports and the fact that he had just graduated from college in 1968 — the peak of U.S. intervention in the war — seemingly made Trump a perfect candidate for the draft.

But after deferring the draft four times on the basis of attending Fordham University and then University of Pennsylvania, Trump reportedly deferred the draft once more for bone spurs in his heels.

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In an interview with the Times, Trump said a doctor gave him a "very strong letter" at the time confirming his condition, but he'd have to search for a copy of it. When the Times investigated the Select Service records in the National Archives, the publication was unable to verify what medical condition had allowed Trump to be excused from the draft.

Of the bone spurs themselves, Trump said, "Over a period of time, it healed up."

Take a look back at when Trump announced his White House run:

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump makes a point as he formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump acknowledges supporters next to his wife, Melania, before formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump arrives by escalator inside at Trump Tower to announce his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: Business mogul Donald Trump gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City. Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Ivanka Trump, daughter of real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump, introduces her father prior to his formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Trump supporters wait for U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump to formally announce his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Trump supporters wait for U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump to formally announce his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump gestures as he formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump gives a thumbs up while he poses with his family after formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. The Trump family from L; Eric Trump and his wife Lara, Donald Trump, son Barron, Melania Trump, Vanessa Haydon and her husband Donald Trump Jr., children Kia Trump and Donald Trump III, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner and Tiffany Trump. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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The suspicions surrounding Trump's draft deferment heap onto a general wariness some veterans and current service members feel toward the candidate.

Several speakers at last week's Democratic National Convention honed in on Trump's characterization of the military as "a disaster" during a January debate. In June, the candidate accused troops serving in Iraq of embezzling funds, and last year Trump targeted Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war, saying he "likes people who weren't captured."

This week, McCain came out against Trump for his criticism of the Khans.

"I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement," McCain said in a statement Monday.

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