Times: Senate Candidate Blumenthal Never Served in Vietnam

Monday, 17 May 2010 10:05 PM

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The Democrat running to replace longtime Sen. Chris Dodd lied about serving in Vietnam, The New York Times reported Monday night.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut had made frequent references in speeches and public appearances about his wartime record, the Times reported, but actually obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

The deferments allowed Mr. Blumenthal to complete his studies at Harvard; pursue a graduate fellowship in England; serve as a special assistant to The Washington Post’s publisher, Katharine Graham; and ultimately take a job in the Nixon White House.

At one point, in 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam, the Times reported. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

Read the entire story at The New York Times.

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