Why lie? Military phonies on the increase, watchdogs say
SPRINGFIELD – With the nation at war and military service held in the highest esteem in at least a generation, a disturbing trend of service embellishments and inaccuracies continues, embarrassing candidates and causing increased consternation among those who’ve worn the uniform.
Suburban Republican Congressman Mark Kirk’s recent episode of “misremembering” events about his military career is merely the latest high profile example to make headlines. Kirk is running for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.
Just weeks before Kirk’s issues surfaced, it was revealed that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumentha’s claims of serving in Vietnam were inaccurate. Blumenthal, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, was a reservist who never left the United States.