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May 05, 2004

Veterans Against Kerry

While the debate continues to swirl regarding Bush's questionable military service, it appears that more Vietnam veterans are jumping on the bandwagon against John Kerry and his run for the country's highest political office. The latest group to do this is the Swift Boat Veteran's For Truth. According to its organizers, this group "represents 'the large majority' of those who served with Lieutenant Kerry on the Navy's Patrol Craft-Fast (PCF) vessels."

Many of the group's members served with Kerry in Vietnam. The group organized in 2004 "to reclaim their reputations from the distortions and betrayal they believe they suffered at the hands their fellow swift-boat veteran in 1971." Perhaps Kerry should shy away from bringing up Bush's service in order to quiet the brew-ha-ha raging about his own service. It is somewhat of a momentum killer for the guys you served with to question your own service to God and country.

Here is a copy of the letter this group has sent to Senator Kerry, signed by many of the men who served with him in Vietnam. Here is a link describing the point of the group's formation.

Perhaps we would all be better off if the two candidates just admit that each one served time in the military and move on to other topics. It may be a can of worms neither wants to open.

Posted by Woundwort at May 5, 2004 10:56 AM | TrackBack
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Perhaps not surprisingly, the Times account suggests some reasons to be skeptical of O'Neill.

Posted by: Lex at May 5, 2004 11:17 AM

Agreed, but to be honest, I am a little skeptical of anybody who is so eager to slam someone else's service record. I'm sure some of these veterans are appalled at Kerry's actions once he returned to the states, but the guy did what he felt was right, and I admire him for that, even though many others disagreed with him. A good bit of advice for the entire election season is probably: "Take with numerous grains of salt!!"

Posted by: Woundwort at May 5, 2004 11:22 AM

That's certainly what I've been telling my relatives.

Posted by: Lex at May 5, 2004 03:17 PM
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