Republican Senate Candidate Embellished Military Service
Not exactly on-topic, but now it's the Republicans' turn. Their nominee for Senate in Illinois, Rep. Mark Kirk, has apparently embellished various aspects of his military service on several occasions. Rep. Kirk is a Commander [O-5] in the Naval Reserve and performs his reserve duty during Congressional recesses, including, most recently, in Afghanistan. However, the story is getting bigger by the day.
As we have said before, accuracy about military service is essential. This includes the media's responsibility to understand the terminology, and use it correctly. It is quite honorable to serve in a support role for combat operations, even outside the country in question, but accuracy remains essential. Thank you.
Update: Mark Kirk won and was sworn in as Illinois' newest Senator the same month.