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Washington Post Review Backed Kerry’s Account of Service

by RonChusid

As I continue my survey of the early coverage of the attacks on John Kerry, the Washington Post reported the criticism was not credible. This is from a front page story by Lois Romano published Friday, April 23, 2004:

An examination of his record, supplemented by interviews with the candidate, his crewmates and some skeptics, found little to undermine Kerry’s portrayal of his service.

Veterans of various wars greet him at the airport on his campaign stops, and John Hurley, national director of Veterans for Kerry, said 11,000 have signed up to support Kerry. With few exceptions, those who fought by his side, and the other veterans who support him today, are startled that anyone would question his valor.

Kerry’s service evaluations, many of which were posted on his Web site this week, effusively cite his gallantry, his commitment to his service and the admiration of his men. In the coming weeks, his campaign will launch a series of ads promoting his military record — an indication that he will continue to run on his military résumé.

But a group of Vietnam veterans, some of them partisans, portray him as an ambitious young officer who attempted to collect undeserved Purple Hearts for minor injuries and used those medals to cut short his tour. A military policy allowed those who received three Purple Hearts, regardless of the extent of their injuries, to leave Vietnam. Kerry could have requested to stay but did not.

A Web site vietnamveteransagainstkerry is dedicated to raising questions about his record and reminding voters that he returned home to become a leader in the antiwar movement, which critics allege demoralized the very troops he fought beside.

The issue made its way into the presidential contest this week when the Kerry campaign, facing Republican pressure to provide a more detailed account of his combat experience, decided to make public all his military records, except for his full medical report. Those documents did not add materially to information that had already been given to some news organizations on request, including The Washington Post last year.

Throughout the last decade of Kerry’s political career, his crewmates have defended him when his credentials and record have been questioned; they are now campaigning for him. In a recent interview, Kerry dismissed the current questions about his first Purple Heart as partisan politics. He also said he left early because he had turned on the war. One of his crewmates, Michael Medeiros, said Kerry ensured that his men were given a non-threatening assignment before he left Vietnam.

“For anybody to say that anyone who commanded a swift boat went there to earn medals is just ludicrous. They were totally exposed. . . . If anything, they went there to get killed,” said Jim Rassman, a Green Beret whom Kerry, wounded himself, pulled out of the water while under fire — the act for which he received the Bronze Star. “John Kerry is lucky to be alive.”

One Response to “Washington Post Review Backed Kerry’s Account of Service”

  1. Now what is GOOD for the GOOSE is Good for those RED VOTERS toooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ———-COME ON OVER—————–

    The IED Ritz Carlton calling ALL you RED VOTERS…..NOW. I hear those 2 Drama QUEEN BUSH girls are joining the elite!

    Most Sincerely,
    Mother of US Special Forces Soldier

    Up on the 6/6/2006 date for a VOTE
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    109TH CONGRESS
    H. R. 4752
    2D SESSION

    To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United
    States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform
    a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance
    of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.

    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    FEBRUARY 14, 2006
    Mr. RANGEL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
    Committee on Armed Services

    A BILL
    To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons
    in the United States, including women, between the ages
    of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service
    or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the na-
    tional defense and homeland security, and for other pur-
    poses.

    1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
    2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
    3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    4 (a) SHORT TITLE.–This Act may be cited as the
    5 “Universal National Service Act of 2006”.
    2
    1 (b) TABLE CONTENTS.–The table of contents for
    OF

    2 this Act is as follows:
    Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
    Sec. 2. National service obligation.
    Sec. 3. Two-year period of national service.
    Sec. 4. Implementation by the President.
    Sec. 5. Induction.
    Sec. 6. Deferments and postponements.
    Sec. 7. Induction exemptions.
    Sec. 8. Conscientious objection.
    Sec. 9. Discharge following national service.
    Sec. 10. Registration of females under the Military Selective Service Act.
    Sec. 11. Relation of Act to registration and induction authority of military se-
    lective service Act.
    Sec. 12. Definitions.

    3 SEC. 2. NATIONAL SERVICE OBLIGATION.

    4 (a) OBLIGATION SERVICE.–It is the obligation
    FOR

    5 of every citizen of the United States, and every other per-
    6 son residing in the United States, who is between the ages
    7 of 18 and 42 to perform a period of national service as
    8 prescribed in this Act unless exempted under the provi-
    9 sions of this Act.
    10 (b) FORM NATIONAL SERVICE.–National service
    OF

    11 under this Act shall be performed either–
    12 (1) as a member of an active or reserve compo-
    13 nent of the uniformed services; or
    14 (2) in a civilian capacity that, as determined by
    15 the President, promotes the national defense, includ-
    16 ing national or community service and homeland se-
    17 curity.

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    1 (c) INDUCTION REQUIREMENTS.–The President
    2 shall provide for the induction of persons covered by sub-
    3 section (a) to perform national service under this Act.
    4 (d) SELECTION MILITARY SERVICE.–Based
    FOR

    5 upon the needs of the uniformed services, the President
    6 shall–
    7 (1) determine the number of persons covered by
    8 subsection (a) whose service is to be performed as a
    9 member of an active or reserve component of the
    10 uniformed services; and
    11 (2) select the individuals among those persons
    12 who are to be inducted for military service under
    13 this Act.
    14 (e) CIVILIAN SERVICE.–Persons covered by sub-
    15 section (a) who are not selected for military service under
    16 subsection (d) shall perform their national service obliga-
    17 tion under this Act in a civilian capacity pursuant to sub-
    18 section (b)(2).
    19 SEC. 3. TWO-YEAR PERIOD OF NATIONAL SERVICE.

    20 (a) GENERAL RULE.–Except as otherwise provided
    21 in this section, the period of national service performed
    22 by a person under this Act shall be two years.
    23 (b) GROUNDS EXTENSION.–At the discretion of
    FOR

    24 the President, the period of military service for a member

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    1 of the uniformed services under this Act may be ex-
    2 tended–
    3 (1) with the consent of the member, for the
    4 purpose of furnishing hospitalization, medical, or
    5 surgical care for injury or illness incurred in line of
    6 duty; or
    7 (2) for the purpose of requiring the member to
    8 compensate for any time lost to training for any
    9 cause.
    10 (c) EARLY TERMINATION.–The period of national
    11 service for a person under this Act shall be terminated
    12 before the end of such period under the following cir-
    13 cumstances:
    14 (1) The voluntary enlistment and active service
    15 of the person in an active or reserve component of
    16 the uniformed services for a period of at least two
    17 years, in which case the period of basic military
    18 training and education actually served by the person
    19 shall be counted toward the term of enlistment.
    20 (2) The admission and service of the person as
    21 a cadet or midshipman at the United States Military
    22 Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the
    23 United States Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard
    24 Academy, or the United States Merchant Marine
    25 Academy.

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    1 (3) The enrollment and service of the person in
    2 an officer candidate program, if the person has
    3 signed an agreement to accept a Reserve commission
    4 in the appropriate service with an obligation to serve
    5 on active duty if such a commission is offered upon
    6 completion of the program.
    7 (4) Such other grounds as the President may
    8 establish.
    9 SEC. 4. IMPLEMENTATION BY THE PRESIDENT.

    10 (a) IN GENERAL.–The President shall prescribe
    11 such regulations as are necessary to carry out this Act.
    12 (b) MATTER BE COVERED REGULATIONS.–
    TO BY

    13 Such regulations shall include specification of the fol-
    14 lowing:
    15 (1) The types of civilian service that may be
    16 performed for a person’s national service obligation
    17 under this Act.
    18 (2) Standards for satisfactory performance of
    19 civilian service and of penalties for failure to per-
    20 form civilian service satisfactorily.
    21 (3) The manner in which persons shall be se-
    22 lected for induction under this Act, including the
    23 manner in which those selected will be notified of
    24 such selection.

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    1 (4) All other administrative matters in connec-
    2 tion with the induction of persons under this Act
    3 and the registration, examination, and classification
    4 of such persons.
    5 (5) A means to determine questions or claims
    6 with respect to inclusion for, or exemption or
    7 deferment from induction under this Act, including
    8 questions of conscientious objection.
    9 (6) Standards for compensation and benefits
    10 for persons performing their national service obliga-
    11 tion under this Act through civilian service.
    12 (7) Such other matters as the President deter-
    13 mines necessary to carry out this Act.
    14 (c) USE PRIOR ACT.–To the extent determined
    OF

    15 appropriate by the President, the President may use for
    16 purposes of this Act the procedures provided in the Mili-
    17 tary Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 451 et seq.),
    18 including procedures for registration, selection, and induc-
    19 tion.
    20 SEC. 5. INDUCTION.

    21 (a) IN GENERAL.–Every person subject to induction
    22 for national service under this Act, except those whose
    23 training is deferred or postponed in accordance with this
    24 Act, shall be called and inducted by the President for such
    25 service at the time and place specified by the President.

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    1 (b) AGE LIMITS.–A person may be inducted under
    2 this Act only if the person has attained the age of 18 and
    3 has not attained the age of 42.
    4 (c) VOLUNTARY INDUCTION.–A person subject to in-
    5 duction under this Act may volunteer for induction at a
    6 time other than the time at which the person is otherwise
    7 called for induction.
    8 (d) EXAMINATION; CLASSIFICATION.–Every person
    9 subject to induction under this Act shall, before induction,
    10 be physically and mentally examined and shall be classified
    11 as to fitness to perform national service. The President
    12 may apply different classification standards for fitness for
    13 military service and fitness for civilian service.
    14 SEC. 6. DEFERMENTS AND POSTPONEMENTS.

    15 (a) HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.–A person who is pur-
    16 suing a standard course of study, on a full-time basis, in
    17 a secondary school or similar institution of learning shall
    18 be entitled to have induction under this Act postponed
    19 until the person–
    20 (1) obtains a high school diploma;
    21 (2) ceases to pursue satisfactorily such course
    22 of study; or
    23 (3) attains the age of 20.
    24 (b) HARDSHIP DISABILITY.–Deferments from
    AND

    25 national service under this Act may be made for–

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    1 (1) extreme hardship; or
    2 (2) physical or mental disability.
    3 (c) TRAINING CAPACITY.–The President may post-
    4 pone or suspend the induction of persons for military serv-
    5 ice under this Act as necessary to limit the number of per-
    6 sons receiving basic military training and education to the
    7 maximum number that can be adequately trained.
    8 (d) TERMINATION.–No deferment or postponement
    9 of induction under this Act shall continue after the cause
    10 of such deferment or postponement ceases.
    11 SEC. 7. INDUCTION EXEMPTIONS.

    12 (a) QUALIFICATIONS.–No person may be inducted
    13 for military service under this Act unless the person is
    14 acceptable to the Secretary concerned for training and
    15 meets the same health and physical qualifications applica-
    16 ble under section 505 of title 10, United States Code, to
    17 persons seeking original enlistment in a regular compo-
    18 nent of the Armed Forces.
    19 (b) OTHER MILITARY SERVICE.–No person shall be
    20 liable for induction under this Act who–
    21 (1) is serving, or has served honorably for at
    22 least six months, in any component of the uniformed
    23 services on active duty; or
    24 (2) is or becomes a cadet or midshipman at the
    25 United States Military Academy, the United States

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    1 Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Acad-
    2 emy, the Coast Guard Academy, the United States
    3 Merchant Marine Academy, a midshipman of a Navy
    4 accredited State maritime academy, a member of the
    5 Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, or the
    6 naval aviation college program, so long as that per-
    7 son satisfactorily continues in and completes at least
    8 two years training therein.
    9 SEC. 8. CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION.

    10 (a) CLAIMS CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR.–Noth-
    AS

    11 ing in this Act shall be construed to require a person to
    12 be subject to combatant training and service in the uni-
    13 formed services, if that person, by reason of sincerely held
    14 moral, ethical, or religious beliefs, is conscientiously op-
    15 posed to participation in war in any form.
    16 (b) ALTERNATIVE NONCOMBATANT CIVILIAN
    OR

    17 SERVICE.–A person who claims exemption from combat-
    18 ant training and service under subsection (a) and whose
    19 claim is sustained by the local board shall–
    20 (1) be assigned to noncombatant service (as de-
    21 fined by the President), if the person is inducted
    22 into the uniformed services; or
    23 (2) be ordered by the local board, if found to
    24 be conscientiously opposed to participation in such
    25 noncombatant service, to perform national civilian

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    1 service for the period specified in section 3(a) and
    2 subject to such regulations as the President may
    3 prescribe.
    4 SEC. 9. DISCHARGE FOLLOWING NATIONAL SERVICE.

    5 (a) DISCHARGE.–Upon completion or termination of
    6 the obligation to perform national service under this Act,
    7 a person shall be discharged from the uniformed services
    8 or from civilian service, as the case may be, and shall not
    9 be subject to any further service under this Act.
    10 (b) COORDINATION WITH OTHER AUTHORITIES.–
    11 Nothing in this section shall limit or prohibit the call to
    12 active service in the uniformed services of any person who
    13 is a member of a regular or reserve component of the uni-
    14 formed services.
    15 SEC. 10. REGISTRATION OF FEMALES UNDER THE MILI-

    16 TARY SELECTIVE SERVICE ACT.

    17 (a) REGISTRATION REQUIRED.–Section 3(a) of the
    18 Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. 453(a)) is
    19 amended–
    20 (1) by striking “male” both places it appears;
    21 (2) by inserting “or herself” after “himself”;
    22 and
    23 (3) by striking “he” and inserting “the per-
    24 son”.

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    1 (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.–Section 16(a) of
    2 the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 466(a))
    3 is amended by striking “men” and inserting “persons”.
    4 SEC. 11. RELATION OF ACT TO REGISTRATION AND INDUC-

    5 TION AUTHORITY OF MILITARY SELECTIVE

    6 SERVICE ACT.

    7 (a) REGISTRATION.–Section 4 of the Military Selec-
    8 tive Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 454) is amended by in-
    9 serting after subsection (g) the following new subsection:
    10 “(h) This section does not apply with respect to the
    11 induction of persons into the Armed Forces pursuant to
    12 the Universal National Service Act of 2006.”.
    13 (b) INDUCTION.–Section 17(c) of the Military Selec-
    14 tive Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 467(c)) is amended by
    15 striking “now or hereafter” and all that follows through
    16 the period at the end and inserting “inducted pursuant
    17 to the Universal National Service Act of 2006.”.
    18 SEC. 12. DEFINITIONS.

    19 In this Act:
    20 (1) The term “military service” means service
    21 performed as a member of an active or reserve com-
    22 ponent of the uniformed services.
    23 (2) The term “Secretary concerned” means the
    24 Secretary of Defense with respect to the Army,
    25 Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, the Secretary

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    1 of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast
    2 Guard, the Secretary of Commerce, with respect to
    3 matters concerning the National Oceanic and At-
    4 mospheric Administration, and the Secretary of
    5 Health and Human Services, with respect to matters
    6 concerning the Public Health Service.
    7 (3) The term “United States”, when used in a
    8 geographical sense, means the several States, the
    9 District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Is-
    10 lands, and Guam.
    11 (4) The term “uniformed services” means the
    12 Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard,
    13 commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and At-
    14 mospheric Administration, and commissioned corps
    15 of the Public Health Service.

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