My father, Richard Albert, was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. My mother always said that what he saw there (he was a medic, stationed in Japan) really had a negative impact on him for the rest of his life.
My uncle Frank served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was eventually honorably discharged with a partial disability.
My brother Chris is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving most of his tour at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in the medical corps, where he specialized in giving penicillin shots to Marines.
My mother-in-law's brother Bobby served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army (in part so that his brothers would not have to serve).
Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut AG and Senate candidate, did not serve in the active duty military. He did, however, claim repeatedly that he did serve during Vietnam. In fact, he has routinely used his bogus service to score cheap political points over the years. Making matters worse? It appears that he went to great pains to avoid serving.
Come to your own conclusions about this one, but here's mine: Mr Blumenthal is a lying scumbag, possessing a Lexus mouth but a Kia moral checkbook. I actually put him a notch below noted chicken-hawks like Dan Quayle and Rush Limbaugh, as at least those idiots haven't lied about their lack of service.