Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?

Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?
Donald John Trump, pictured in his 1964 New York Military Academy yearbook (Image: New York Military Academy)

[Ed. – For those planning to expend the time it takes to read all 1,700 words of pure innuendo — the doctor rented his office from Trump’s father, Trump has stated he avoided being drafted due to having a high lottery number — a spoiler alert: The title question is never answered affirmatively. Which is to say the author never establishes that the diagnosis of bone spurs was false.]

In the fall of 1968, Donald J. Trump received a timely diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels that led to his medical exemption from the military during Vietnam.

For 50 years, the details of how the exemption came about, and who made the diagnosis, have remained a mystery, with Mr. Trump himself saying during the presidential campaign that he could not recall who had signed off on the medical documentation.

Now a possible explanation has emerged about the documentation. It involves a foot doctor in Queens who rented his office from Mr. Trump’s father, Fred C. Trump, and a suggestion that the diagnosis was granted as a courtesy to the elder Mr. Trump.

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The podiatrist, Dr. Larry Braunstein, died in 2007. But his daughters say their father often told the story of coming to the aid of a young Mr. Trump during the Vietnam War as a favor to his father.

“I know it was a favor,” said one daughter, Dr. Elysa Braunstein, 56, who along with her sister, Sharon Kessel, 53, shared the family’s account for the first time publicly when contacted by The New York Times.

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