“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam, 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.” Richard Blumenthal, Norwalk in March 2008.
The only problem was he did not serve in Vietnam.
Blumenthal’s response: “On a few occasions I have misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility, but I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country.”
[May 20, 2010 update, sounds like a lot more than “misplaced words”. Sounds like Blumenthal is a lying politician:]
“I wore the uniform in Vietnam and many came back & to all kinds of disrespect. Whatever we think of war, we owe the men and women of the armed forces our unconditional support.” Stamford Veterans Days parade: Nov. 9, 2008.
“When we returned from Vietnam, I remember the taunts, the verbal and even physical abuse we encountered.” May 18, 2009, Connecticut Post, tribute to veterans