Kerry smear? |

Kerry smear?

I’m writing concerning letters in The Union on Sept. 2 referring to John Kerry’s Purple Hearts. If the writers were veterans, they weren’t in combat. Individuals do not put themselves up for a combat award, They’re put up. Awards for valor, by their superior officers, like Purple Hearts need medical documentation of injury sustained while under hostile fire.

I believe no one has a right to question a Purple Heart recipient unless they’ve heard shots fired in anger. This demeans the service of all veterans, from all wars, including those serving currently. More than 405,000 dead and wounded from Vietnam recieved the Purple Heart.

I can flatly state that people within 25 to 50 yards in combat are the most reliable reporters. In Kerry’s case, they support him. They’re not joking; combat is the ultimate chaos. None of the “Swift Boat Veterans For Truth” served on Kerry’s boat. Their malice comes from somewhere else.

These letters in the paper seemed like they were from people ignorant of the subject they addressed. It seemed more like an orchestrated attempt to smear Kerry, at anyone’s expense. Sorry I can’t let it slide. This topic is too personal for me.

Brian Augustine

Grass Valley

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