I am disheartened by the accusations regarding the military service record of 30th District House candidate Roger Flygare, a dear friend (TNT, 9-30).
The motivation of one veteran to try to destroy the reputation of another must be questioned, especially of any veteran of that outrageously conflicted Vietnam tragedy.
As the widow of a Pearl Harbor survivor who spent six years in the Pacific from the Aleutian Island Patrol to Shanghai, I can say that I observed how wartime experiences stay with these unfortunate men, and I have heard more than my share of “war stories” over the years. As the mother of a teenager who just missed the draft, I am grateful that he was not subjected to the perhaps lifelong consequences of that involuntary and traumatic episode.
If I have understood correctly, the issue here is the accidental use of the phrase “two tours in Vietnam” rather than “two tours overseas, including a tour in Vietnam” when asked about his candidacy for the state House of Representatives.
It is hard to believe that a simple misstatement has created so much animosity against a good man, but it seems that is the level our political discourse has sunk to nowadays. Does it really change anything? Serving one hitch in that hellhole was surely enough. In my opinion, anyone who served in the Vietnam theater deserves a Purple Heart just for having been there.
Assertions are not proof, so let’s just get over it. I shall continue to support Flygare.