Mr. T***p may claim a special relationship with veterans, and he may have given money to veterans groups after being pressed.
But he has also antagonized veterans, such as Sen. John McCain, a decorated Naval airman who endured more than five years of rough treatment in the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, after being shot down.
Mr. T***p said McCain was "not a war hero" because he was captured by the Vietnamese: "I like people who weren’t captured."
Several of the Writers on T***p, however, are veterans of foreign wars, and have written about their experiences.
Tobias Wolff served in Vietnam, but waited 25 years to write his memoir about his tour, In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War. This book is regarded as among the very best of writing to result from the Vietnam war, alongside Michael Herr's Dispatches and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried.
Wolff writes memorably about the mindset that he adopted in Vietnam: "illusions kept me going," such as the (probable) illusion that sitting on sandbags in his truck would protect him in the event that he hit a mine. Even more painfully, Wolff makes the Job-like observation that right conduct was not enough to ward off disaster: "you couldn't help but notice that the good troops were getting killed right along with the slackers and shitbirds."
Brian Turner, a veteran of the second Iraq War, belongs to a military family, including veterans of World War 2 and Vietnam. He opens his memoir with a prose poem imagining himself as a drone flying over fields, giving poetic expression to the blurred boundaries between civilian life and battlefield stress.
Turner is aware of his memoir's place in a tradition: "from Herodotus to Xenophon, from Cornelius Ryan to Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore, I am aware of a variety of insertion narratives," he writes self-reflectively about his own story of entering Iraq on December 3, 2003.
A powerful narrative follows, enriched with references to the Stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius (the battlefield Roman emperor) and Norse mythology, to contemporary Iraqi poetry and Japanese history.
Allan Gurganus was a draft-dodger during Vietnam (according to Wikipedia), but as punishment he served as a message-decoder for the Navy for three years (according to Wikipedia). His best-known work is a novel, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All