August 2, 2017 (emphasis added):
Ashburn, Virginia (CNN) A military veteran supporting Donald Trump gifted the Republican nominee his Purple Heart Tuesday, prompting Trump to say he "always wanted to get the Purple Heart" and this was "much easier" than serving in combat.
Purple Hearts are awarded to service members who suffer wounds in combat.
"Something very nice just happened to me. A man came up to me and handed me his Purple Heart," Trump told supporters at a campaign event here. "I said to him, 'Is that like the real one or is that a copy?' And he said, 'That's my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.'"
Trump received the veteran, identified by his campaign as retired Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman, on stage at the start of the rally to receive the decoration. The campaign didn't specify which branch Dorfman served in.
"I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier," Trump said.
Trump then pocketed the decoration after the veteran left the stage.
The New York Times reported Monday that Trump received multiple student deferments and a medical deferment for a bone spur during the Vietnam War, successfully avoiding getting drafted into service.
Trump told Gray Television in an interview after the rally that he "regretted not serving in many ways" when asked about his five deferments to avoid the military draft during the Vietnam War.
Trump added that he was "fortunate" not to have to serve in the Vietnam War, which Trump called "highly contested and unpopular."
August 7, 2017:
On #PurpleHeartDay💜I thank all the brave men and women who have sacrificed in battle for this GREAT NATION! #USA🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/QmfdLSLp6p— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017