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CT VFW Cdr. releases statement on Blumenthal "regret"
VFW, Connecticut | May 18, 2010 | DeFederico

Posted on 05/18/2010 1:22:48 PM PDT by Mach9

The following statement is by Richard DiFederico, Department Commander of Connecticut’s largest war veterans’ organization, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States:

“Those who served in Vietnam or offshore or in neighboring countries rightfully earned all the belated thanks and appreciation our nation can muster. Those who served in uniform during the Vietnam era also deserve our gratitude, which makes Mr. Blumenthal's claim to be something he is not so outrageous. It diminishes the service of all who served and sacrificed, most especially those whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Wall. Mr. Blumenthal was considered one of the best friends a veteran could have in Connecticut. It is a true shame that he let a false claim of Vietnam service change that.”

Commander DiFederico resides in Oakville, Conn.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: blumenthal; connecticut; regret; releases; richardblumenthal; statement; vfw; vietnam

1 posted on 05/18/2010 1:22:48 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: Mach9

Mr Bloomenthall beer budget can only take him so far it seems.


2 posted on 05/18/2010 1:26:07 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Mach9

Not on their website yet. They’re trying to get it up. They’ve been swamped with calls from all over the country. This is the body of the email. It appears that the VFW had little to say about the event, having received a call from the Hartford mayor about hosting the press conference. No VFW members appear on the stage with Blumenthal. Most “vets” behind him were from the Marine Corps League, an organization that doesn’t require actual combat experience for membership. A few VFW members, Mr. Rusko said, were seated in the audience; but none chose to stand behind the AG.


3 posted on 05/18/2010 1:27:34 PM PDT by Mach9 (.)
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To: Mach9

Channel surfing and just heard Rick Sanchez calling Blumenthal a LIAR, a LIAR.

Amazing! He played the clips of B saying he misspoke.

Sanchez then went on to say that the vets standing with him did neither themselves or him a favor.

Wonders never cease.


4 posted on 05/18/2010 1:27:37 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Mach9

What the heck is up with attacking Blumenthal? Is he a closet pro-lifer or something?


5 posted on 05/18/2010 1:30:50 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Carley

You’re not watching FOX???


6 posted on 05/18/2010 1:31:52 PM PDT by Mach9 (.)
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To: Carley; All

And, G.W. Bush gets ridiculed, his honor questioned, along with other Republicans who entered the Guard, AF, Navy reserves.

And, we are to listen to these people, who have two different sets of standards?


7 posted on 05/18/2010 1:32:02 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: Carley
WOW - NYT breaks the story, now ultra lib Sanchez joins the firing squad.

Linda McMahon hit Bloomy with a body slam from the ropes.

GOD WHAT A SCUMBAG

8 posted on 05/18/2010 1:33:16 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: jacquej

I know, I know. The bile rises.


9 posted on 05/18/2010 1:33:38 PM PDT by Mach9 (.)
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To: Mach9

registered Democrat scum alert


10 posted on 05/18/2010 1:33:39 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: Mach9
I misspoke LIED
11 posted on 05/18/2010 1:34:28 PM PDT by ex-snook ("You will know they are Christians by their love.")
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To: Mach9; All
call and complain

FReep the VFW

VFW HQs

They need to publicly repudiate Blumenthal for

stealing valor by using the VFW as a backdrop.

(816) 756-3390


12 posted on 05/18/2010 1:34:37 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Mach9

I was channel surfing and there was Sanchez.........

The dems are sending a message.


13 posted on 05/18/2010 1:35:12 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Carley
There was no "misspeaking." This guy served his Reserves tour in Washington, D.C., undoubtedly using his political connections to get the slot during the height of the Vietnam war. Oh, and that was after his "national security" deferment expired when he was Katherine Graham's assistant at the Washington Post.

This guy never got anywhere near the war. Given how the press treated President Bush's service, which actually involved some physical danger, this guy's treatment is rank hypocrisy.

14 posted on 05/18/2010 1:35:38 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Mach9

I’m a Ct veteran and Blumenthal and will never be a friend of mine.


15 posted on 05/18/2010 1:36:15 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: colorado tanker

Sanchez was ridiculing B for claiming delivering Toys for Tots was combat.

Again, amazing.


16 posted on 05/18/2010 1:38:54 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Mach9

Do you have a link for this, Yet?


17 posted on 05/18/2010 1:39:30 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: Mach9
Not being qualified for membership in the VFW I'm not thoroughly familiar with their policies but in order to gain membership in the VFW don't you have to certify (prove?) that you,as a uniformed member of the US Armed Forces,served honorably in a combat theater? If that's correct the fact that Blementhal is a member proves that he lied on the application form...and lied big time.I served during the Vietnam era (as many did) but I *know* that I never got within 6,000 miles of Vietnam,Cambodia,the Tonkin Gulf,etc,during my time in uniform.That's something you kinda remember.
18 posted on 05/18/2010 1:40:35 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Raycpa
What the heck is up with attacking Blumenthal? Is he a closet pro-lifer or something?

The Dems NEED to retain that seat, and are scared to death of a for-real GOP resurgence in New England. Goal is to take out Blumenthal before he gets the nomination so someone who can actually win gets it.

If this had come out in early/mid-October the Republican would've coasted to victory.
19 posted on 05/18/2010 1:43:43 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Carley
According to the WSJ he got a total of four deferments. I thought it was Democrat doctrine that even one deferment was “draft dodging.”
20 posted on 05/18/2010 1:43:55 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: jacquej
And, G.W. Bush gets ridiculed, his honor questioned...

Let's not forget the fake document, too. FWIW.

21 posted on 05/18/2010 1:46:08 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: tcrlaf

http://www.vfwct.org/ is the link it’s supposed to air on, but it’s still not up. I’ve been checking, but it doesn’t look as tho the job’ll be easy for them. There was no intention of posting it anywhere else on the net, but the fellow I spoke to said something about its appearing in the Wall Street Journal tomorrow.


22 posted on 05/18/2010 1:49:20 PM PDT by Mach9 (.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Not being qualified for membership in the VFW I'm not thoroughly familiar with their policies but in order to gain membership in the VFW don't you have to certify (prove?) that you,as a uniformed member of the US Armed Forces,served honorably in a combat theater?

According to the VFW of CT, your application is reviewed by three members to verify that you served honorably overseas and were awarded an appropriate campaign ribbon. They've got an eligibility form posted.

http://www.vfwct.org/pdfs/eligibility05.pdf
23 posted on 05/18/2010 1:56:33 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Carley

It must be the advent of a parallel universe or a tear in the time/space continuum. To THINK the the N Y Times would reveal Blumenthal as a grade A liar (FINALLY) and little Ricky Sanchez would call him what he IS—a LIAR!!! Incredible. The truth from the left about a fellow leftist—twice in the same day!!!


24 posted on 05/18/2010 1:56:40 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Renderofveils

Sounds reasonable. More than what the VA does.


25 posted on 05/18/2010 1:58:47 PM PDT by Mach9 (.)
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To: Raycpa

dems need to look pro military
and this guy is going down so jump on board


26 posted on 05/18/2010 1:58:52 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (Just say NO to RINOs. (FUBO))
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To: Oldpuppymax

Just got an email back from VFW. They report they had no idea Blumenthal was going to have a press conference at a VFW post hall. That prompted the Connecticut VFW to issue their statement.

The man reiterated that there is no way Blumenthal could be a member of the VFW.

He was very cordial even tho I admit my email to him was angry and upset.


27 posted on 05/18/2010 2:00:11 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I have spoken hundreds of times about my own service, which was just after the “VietNam Era”.

Not ONCE would ANYBODY have been left with any impression that I was in VN.

This is something you don’t “mis-speak” about or have a few “misplaced words”.

Those who were IN VietNam have just as much appreciation for my service and my defending them and their families in the years following VN. There is no reason for any military man to make claims about the service they did for our country - whether that service was voluntary or coerced by being drafted, if our service is honorable there is no need for justification or excuse. We all honor each other’s service.

Blumenthal’s LIES about what he did while attached to the military are intentional and atrocious.

I can’t believe that a single person who served finds this forgiveable.


28 posted on 05/18/2010 2:08:41 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: Mach9

Bloominprick said he served “in” Viet Nam! He’s a lying bastard! And, the VFW of Connecticut should be ashamed!


29 posted on 05/18/2010 2:18:53 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Mach9

Uh oh, Chris Tingles bashing Blumenthal and saying he wouldn’t trust anyone who helps this man get elected.

He can’t be trusted.

I guess the word is out. Bash Blumenthal.


30 posted on 05/18/2010 2:35:56 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Mach9
Most “vets” behind him were from the Marine Corps League

Semper "If"

31 posted on 05/18/2010 2:37:56 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: Mach9

The word is out that the dems and their supporters have to get this guy out of there so they’ll have plenty of time to field a replacement. The fear is he’ll stick around until it’s too late to replace him and the dems will lose what is ordinarily a safe seat for them.


32 posted on 05/18/2010 2:45:17 PM PDT by MNnice
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To: AFPhys
I agree. I'm technically not even "Vietnam Era" because my active duty was later than, though my date of commission was before, the cut off. Two years active duty, then reserves.

I've made the point elsewhere, but there are several levels here of Veteran: Veteran (like me), Vietnam Era Veteran (like you), and Vietnam Veteran (like many of Brother Rats and friends - I was medically disqualified for several years and only served after the medical regulations changed....).

Blumenthal is none of these, because he's not what the government recognizes as a "Veteran" for the Vet's hiring preference: you have to have 180 days of active duty, OTHER THAN ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING ONLY, any part of which began before Oct '76.

As far as I can tell Blumenthal never spent a day on active duty other than boot camp, the Marine equivalent of AIT, and some summer camps -- all of which are considered "FOR TRAINING ONLY".

The most Blumenthal can legitimately claim to be is a Vietnam Era WEEKEND WARRIOR.

There's nothing wrong with that, just like there's nothing wrong with having taken advantage of legitimate deferments and not serving.

BUT BLUMENTHAL LIED and said he served in Vietnam.... That's intolerable!

33 posted on 05/18/2010 3:07:04 PM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Persae Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: Bushbacker1

The VFW Post where Slick Dick was regretting his words was under the belief that he was going to apologize for his misspeaking. Wordplay was a big part of getting the hall probably.


34 posted on 05/18/2010 8:39:32 PM PDT by Hawk90
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To: Mach9

Rusko was almost correct, there was 1 VFW member I’m trying to read the Post number on his cover. If you want to be pissed at any organization be pissed at the Marine Corps League I know I won’t be paying my dues for a long time
http://www.mcldeptct.org . I hope they are proud to be affiliated with a SB.


35 posted on 05/18/2010 8:39:33 PM PDT by Hawk90
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