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Blumenthal Vet Organizer Also Accused of Stolen Valor
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Kristinn

Posted on 05/18/2010 7:43:09 PM PDT by kristinn

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, trying to save his campaign for the Democrat party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Chris Dodd after he was exposed for falsely claiming to have served in the Vietnam War, turned for support today to a veteran who himself was accused of wearing service medals and rank he had not earned.

The man, Elliot Storm, actually served in Vietnam, unlike Blumenthal, however Storm was called out by the POW Network several years ago for embellishing his decorations.

According to Ct News Junkie, Storm was invited by Blumenthal's campaign to stand with Blumenthal at his campaign event today at a local VFW hall where Blumenthal spoke about his lies about serving in Vietnam.

Storm is shown in this wire photo taken today. Storm is second from right in a dark jacket and striped shirt. Blumenthal is front center wearing a suit.

The POW Network published e-mails from Storm , aka William Joseph Trumpower, begging forgiveness for his trangressions ("I am sincerely sorry. I am getting old and tired, I would hope you would find some mercy in your heart to forgive a tired Nam Vet Marine who made some errors in judgment and pride ...Chuck and Mary you have done some gr8 things with your network, and you have gotten alot of good information out to so many, and so has Gary. I would rather join you and help than fight and cry anymore. Please accept my sincere and absolute apology.") listed at the site as:

CLAIMING BRONZE STAR w/VALOR device. Claims 2nd Lt, Claims/wears 3 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars w/V. The jacket in EARLIER pictures boasted 8 ribbons. This NEW pic has more and includes V device on Bronze Star and 2nd Lt bars.. Claims he worked with Ollie North.


The POW Network lists Storm's earned decorations:

ACTUAL - National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Purple Heart w/1*. Served 11 Oct 1968 to 30 Jan 1970 as a USMC rifleman (MOS 0311). Has enlisted service number (not officer's)

Ct News Junkie wrote about Storm's appearance with Blumenthal today, apparently unaware of Storm's scandalous history:

Elliott Storm is a Blumenthal supporter. The campaign called him and asked him to show up; he called up his friends in the “Vet Pack” to join him, friends who, like him, travel around the country talking about ex-soldiers who contend with post traumatic stress syndrome.

Storm, who lives in Milford, wrote a book on the subject, called These Scars Are Sacred.

“If a man wore a uniform during those turbulent times, they were rejected and called ‘babykiller,’” Storm said at Tuesday’s event “People are still attacking veterans who served in Vietnam.” The Times story about Blumenthal’s service is a yet another example of that, he claimed.

Storm's background was first pointed out today by Vietnam veteran Viper Ash in a posting on Facebook:

You want to hear a real joke? one of the guys on the stage with Blumenthal is on the POWNetworks wall of shame for wearing medals he didn't earn..his name is Elliot Trumpower..that news conference pissed me off ..all those dumb ass Marine's backing that peice (sic) of sh** up

FreeRepublic's Race Bannon, a Marine who served in the late Seventies, alerted Freepers with this thread here.

Since then, the story is starting to be picked up in the blogosphere.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: accused; blumenthal; elliottstorm; organizer; richardblumenthal; stolen; stolenvalor; storm; valor; vet; vietnam

1 posted on 05/18/2010 7:43:09 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

That is the world those two fools live in.


2 posted on 05/18/2010 7:46:04 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: RaceBannon; icwhatudo; libertarian27

I compiled the information from the previous thread and elsewhere into a (hopefully) coherent story.


3 posted on 05/18/2010 7:46:07 PM PDT by kristinn (I am a footnote in Sean Hannity's new book, Conservative Victory. Pgs 239, 240)
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To: kristinn

These people are beneath contempt...


4 posted on 05/18/2010 7:46:39 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: kristinn

I was just appalled to see all the Vets standing with Blumenthal. Why would they do that? It dishonors REAL men who served.


5 posted on 05/18/2010 7:47:23 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: kristinn
Holy cow. Bottom dwellers.

Thanks for the information, kristinn. Disgusting.

6 posted on 05/18/2010 7:47:42 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: AliVeritas

PING


7 posted on 05/18/2010 7:48:25 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: kristinn

Connecticut Tea Party Patriots will follow BlumenDodd to every public function he attends for as long as he is in the race. We used the same successful strategy with Dodd.


8 posted on 05/18/2010 7:51:14 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: kristinn; RaceBannon

Great work guys!


9 posted on 05/18/2010 7:57:58 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: kristinn
Any truth to Blumenthal having claimed to have been the Captain of the Harvard swim team???....seems that a lie also...2 lies should be enough to use Alinskys Rule 11. on him.... Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual... Make the lies the ONLY issue
10 posted on 05/18/2010 7:59:51 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: kristinn
This would be like Clinton getting a big-name pornographer to side with him during the Monica...

...oh never mind.

11 posted on 05/18/2010 8:00:42 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Wisconsinlady

It is CT, a very Democrat run State. However, there are questions being raised if some of the people standing behind Blumenthal really were Vets that served. All will come out soon.
As a resident of CT I am pleased that Blumenthal is taking heat as he was thought to be a shoe in for the Senate office. Not any more, calls for his resignation at his present job, Atty. General, are strong.
Also, Ct. Secretary of State, who was a strong runner for Atty. General, has been found not to be qualified for that position. So today, we have two of our top Democrats essentially gone.


12 posted on 05/18/2010 8:02:56 PM PDT by mojo114 (On to November.)
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To: kristinn; libertarian27

looks good to me, thanks!


13 posted on 05/18/2010 8:06:22 PM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: icwhatudo
Blumenthal endorsed Storm:

"Elliott Storm is a credit to the Milford community," Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has said, according to the statement. "This is a book everyone should read."

Source: The New Haven Register at Blogspot, March 24, 2010.

14 posted on 05/18/2010 8:08:03 PM PDT by kristinn (I am a footnote in Sean Hannity's new book, Conservative Victory. Pgs 239, 240)
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To: RaceBannon

Thanks. Good job alerting us!


15 posted on 05/18/2010 8:09:17 PM PDT by kristinn (I am a footnote in Sean Hannity's new book, Conservative Victory. Pgs 239, 240)
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To: Wisconsinlady

As a former USMC, (not in VN) (61-64) but spent 4 years in Okinawa. This is beyond belief. Marines from MCLeague (many political hacks in the background), supporting a lier. I have written notes to MarCorLge and the VFW. These dudes have brought discredit to good origs. I say, get rid of this scap.


16 posted on 05/18/2010 8:09:17 PM PDT by Pit1
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To: mojo114

Thanks for the explanation. I just was floored that he was allowed to speak at a VFW and noone protested.


17 posted on 05/18/2010 8:09:28 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: MAKOTHEDOG

Birds of a feather......


18 posted on 05/18/2010 8:09:55 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Wisconsinlady
I was just appalled to see all the Vets standing with Blumenthal. Why would they do that? It dishonors REAL men who served.

As a VFW member, I was appalled to see the VFW shield on the lectern. To the credit of the VFW members and officers of that post, though, there was not a single VFW patch or hat visible on any of those standing with him.

19 posted on 05/18/2010 8:11:07 PM PDT by Bob
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To: kristinn

These grifters have a knack for finding one another.


20 posted on 05/18/2010 8:11:50 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: kristinn; RaceBannon

High Fives To Race Bannon!!!


21 posted on 05/18/2010 8:13:01 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: Pit1

I totally agree with you, and thank you for your REAL service to our country. Heck, even I could have done Toys for Tots! Please post if you receive an answer back as to why this was allowed to happen at a VFW post. We asked our local VFW if we could borrow a flag for a Constitution Rally (type of Tea Party) and were told no-it was too political. Then they let this scum stand there looking like all the vets in the world are behind him.


22 posted on 05/18/2010 8:14:14 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: RaceBannon; icwhatudo
More on Blumenthal and Storm from the Register:

Col. Daniel Bruno, commander of U.S. Army Garrison West Point, today will relay a simple yet profound message of gratitude to the men and women who sacrificed life, blood and limb in defense of America and the principle of liberty.

“I’m going to say, ‘Thank you’ for what they do, what they’ve done and what they represent,” Bruno said Friday during a reception held for him and his wife, Kitty.

The event was held at the home of Elliott Storm, a disabled Marine Corps veteran and district judge advocate for the American Legion 2nd District.

Bruno is a speaker for the American Legion, Department of Connecticut, weekend Mid-Winter Conference at the Rocky Hill Marriott.

SNIP

Storm on Friday gave Connecticut service men and women a chance to meet Bruno, as well as friends, neighbors and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Marine veteran who is seeking the Democratic Party nod to run for the U.S. Senate.

23 posted on 05/18/2010 8:17:50 PM PDT by kristinn (I am a footnote in Sean Hannity's new book, Conservative Victory. Pgs 239, 240)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Oh there is protest. Earlier threads in the day were chuck full of interesting links and protest. Just put Blumenthal in the FR search.


24 posted on 05/18/2010 8:30:54 PM PDT by mojo114 (On to November.)
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To: kristinn; RaceBannon

Bump


25 posted on 05/18/2010 8:54:35 PM PDT by B4Ranch ("You cannot defeat an enemy you will not define.")
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To: Bob; Wisconsinlady; Carley

Earlier today, Carley spoke on the phone with the VFW headquarters and they put out a statement against using the VFW building for the announcement that Blumenthal is a liar.
Please just search on FR the name Blumenthal and you will get all you need.


26 posted on 05/18/2010 9:02:48 PM PDT by mojo114 (On to November.)
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To: kristinn

Elliott Storm will regret the day he decided it would be a good idea to get on stage with Blumenthal the rest of his life.


27 posted on 05/18/2010 9:19:26 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: mojo114
Earlier today, Carley spoke on the phone with the VFW headquarters and they put out a statement against using the VFW building for the announcement that Blumenthal is a liar.
Please just search on FR the name Blumenthal and you will get all you need.

Thanks, mojo.

I don't know what the post commander could have been thinking. I consider it absolutely shameful that any VFW post would allow itself to be used for this dog-and-pony show.

At the very least, they should have covered the VFW logo. Its presence in the photos is implied backing of Blumenthal by the VFW. How many people will even notice that there are no VFW members (at least no VFW patches or hats) in the photo?

28 posted on 05/18/2010 9:19:54 PM PDT by Bob
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To: kristinn
This make much sense to anyone who knows about PTSD and disablity?

Trumpower suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He has been on the disability roll since returning home, with a case of PTSD so severe that he cannot tolerate fireworks on the Fourth of July. He cannot sit in a restaurant without his back to a wall. He cannot go to crowded places by himself. He has not attended the cinema in years. When triggered by something or someone's behavior or remark, he often retreats to a darkened room he calls the "bunker" where he can be alone, even apart from his wife, Debbie. But he has found a career that makes him nationally recognizable: under his pen name, Elliott Storm, Trumpower travels the USA, speaking at Border's book shops promoting the novel he has self-published about PTSD, called "These Scars Are Sacred."

He also lectures on PTSD, and how it relates to veterans returning from the wars of today, in talks at military colleges and veteran's halls all over the United States . . .

He and Debbie, a teacher at Central High School in Bridgeport, pack their cats and tour the country on speaking engagements in a big diesel-powered motor home that gets 12 miles per gallon.

They were preparing Monday for a month-long tour of California., and were excited about it.

"We have 17 stops in 26 days. Most are at Border's stores," Trumpower said, pointing out that he has an agreement with Border's to sell his books, nationwide . . . full text

He's been on disablity for decades but....well...I'm not a doctor but he doesn't seem all that disabled by PTSD to me.
29 posted on 05/18/2010 9:29:56 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Pit1
As a former USMC, (not in VN) (61-64) but spent 4 years in Okinawa.

I was an Army brat living in Okinawa during part of that time frame. My dad was SF in Nam at the time.

30 posted on 05/18/2010 9:35:57 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: kristinn

bttt


31 posted on 05/18/2010 9:41:48 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kristinn; RaceBannon
It's hard to believe that people so want to embellish their service. If they only knew how most of us there were happy for those who didn't have to go into that craphole with us.

As for those who falsely claim to have been there, I have NO use for. That is a very special brotherhood, and there really aren't THAT many of us left. I believe less than a million of us are left now. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Nam Vet

32 posted on 05/18/2010 9:44:46 PM PDT by Nam Vet (Are you better off than you were 4 trillion dollars ago?)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Related thread:

Blumenthal's buddy on stage is POW HALL OF SHAME-BREAKING!!

Thanks RaceBannon and kristinn!

33 posted on 05/18/2010 10:15:11 PM PDT by nutmeg (You didn't "misspeak", Mr. Blumenthal... you LIED)
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To: Man50D; PALIN SMITH; RaceBannon; Biggirl; GOPsterinMA
Connecticut Tea Party Patriots will follow BlumenDodd to every public function he attends for as long as he is in the race. We used the same successful strategy with Dodd.

Yep... we've got some work to do over the next 5-6 months. ;-)

One chant we used on 9/12/09 while marching down Pennsylvania Ave. toward the Capitol should come in handy: "You lie! You lie! You lie!"

34 posted on 05/18/2010 10:20:18 PM PDT by nutmeg (You didn't "misspeak", Mr. Blumenthal... you LIED)
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To: RaceBannon; kristinn; nutmeg; STARWISE; maggief; penelopesire; hoosiermama; rbmillerjr; ...

Well, whaddya know!

Thanks for putting it all together, kristinn and for linking Race’s thread.

It was good to learn how the slug was first spotted. Good work by you, (again) Race!

God bless our veterans and honest people everywhere!

Thanks for the ping, mutmeg.


35 posted on 05/18/2010 10:25:44 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: onyx; kristinn

Thanks, all.

Libs = lying cretins


36 posted on 05/18/2010 10:30:39 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, hunker down & go Galt)
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To: kristinn; RaceBannon; stowaway; jjm2111; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; mcswan; ..

http://www.google.com/search?q=blumenthal+phony&hl=en&rlz=1T4GGIC_enUS220US220&prmd=n&start=0&sa=N

Boy, is this story NOT going away!!


37 posted on 05/19/2010 4:01:04 AM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: kristinn

no biggie...we all know registered Democrats are pure scum.


38 posted on 05/19/2010 4:04:12 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: STARWISE

Lies, big lies, damn lies and dem lies.


39 posted on 05/19/2010 4:11:08 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: RaceBannon

Blumie brought this on himself. He’s a wretch of a human being and lots of people have seen through his persona for years. I think, like me, many are glad to see the hell he’s going through.


40 posted on 05/19/2010 4:24:56 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: nutmeg

BlumenDodd need to have the light shined on them 24/7. Even if the undead elect them, let them be known as damaged goods.

Think about what was done to GWB via the 2000 recount - that mess tainted him forever in the eyes of many, and was the reason, right out of the gate people hated him, IMO.


41 posted on 05/19/2010 4:58:35 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I suffer from B.S. - Barack Syndrome!)
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bttt


42 posted on 05/19/2010 5:03:28 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obama: "Let's Pursue Reparations Through Legislation Rather Than the Courts")
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To: mojo114
"So today, we have two of our top Democrats essentially gone.

Don't count on it. Unfortunately I still think Blumenthal will win the Senate seat. Maybe not by the 20+ point margin that it originally looked like but win none-the-less.

I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it. Once again the GOP looks like it's backing weak candidates and besides if McMahon of Simmons try and take advantage of this situation you cab count on the media coming to Blumenthal's aide and making the whole thing about how the mean Republicans are trying to take an "honest mistake" and make a mountain out of it. Sadly most all Democrats will fall for this and about half of the country club Republicans will as well.

43 posted on 05/19/2010 6:39:57 AM PDT by marlon
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To: RaceBannon

Check out the search for:
blumenthal+elliott+storm
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1B3GGGL_en___US356&q=blumenthal%2Belliott%2Bstorm&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=


44 posted on 05/19/2010 6:43:14 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: kristinn

Nice work.
BUMP


45 posted on 05/19/2010 8:07:04 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: kristinn
Has the possibility of Mister Blumenthal wearing any unauthorized decorations been raised? And investigated?

I would like to know what decorations Mister Blumenthal might have worn on his Marine uni. Do any photos exist?

.

46 posted on 05/19/2010 8:49:15 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: kristinn

e-mails from Storm,

aka William Joseph Trumpower


Huh ????????????????????????


47 posted on 05/19/2010 9:36:13 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: M-cubed
Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual.

You know, this is a good one. I've long been irked by the way people talk about "the government" like it's a monolithic edifice. The government is just people, like corporations or associations. We should always try to name names when it comes to government maliciousness - especially those functionaries that try to do their dirty work without showing up on the public radar screen. Beck is doing a good job with that. Look at Van Jones and the Bald Communist. He made them, he can break them. :)

48 posted on 05/19/2010 9:38:09 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: RaceBannon
"Boy, is this story NOT going away!!" Sure looks that way Race.
Guys like this will end up going the path of Murtha.
49 posted on 05/19/2010 4:59:22 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: kristinn

Maybe all politicians need to show proof of their DD Form 214. This proves all service time and awards.


50 posted on 06/03/2010 3:11:28 AM PDT by ONEBYEONE
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