I am a resident of Bucks County and a combat veteran. I disagree with the last paragraph of reporter Johanna Neuman's March 25 article, "Bush slams House vote on Iraq exit," in which she describes U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D., Pa.) as an Iraq combat veteran. Congressman Murphy did serve in Iraq, but in no way was he a combat veteran. He served as a lawyer assigned to the 82nd Airborne.Looks like it’s time to refute more “zombie lies that never die, Bucks County edition” including the one that Patrick Murphy was playing ping pong in a Green Zone PX while he was stationed in Baghdad.
Real combat veterans are truly getting annoyed with our political leaders misleading the public about their military records. I think the time has come for all our leaders to make public their military records once and for all.
Robert E. York
Well, Kevin Treiber did that a couple of months ago much better than I could here, in his response to former Mike Fitzpatrick campaign operative Don Mihalek, and as others have noted, when you’re in the 82nd Airborne, it’s your job to jump out of a helicopter at land in the middle of a firefight to try and clear the way for the next wave of troops (here is a post in a similar vein).
And Robert E. York is being disingenuous in the least to ignore all of this.