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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blumenthal's GOP Opponent Rob Simmons was Awarded Two Bronze Stars for Vietnam Service

Connecticut Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate Richard Blumenthal could hardly have an opponent with a better personal history in light of the news that Blumenthal has not been telling the truth in claiming he served "in Vietnam."

Blumenthal's GOP opponent - Rob Simmons - served in Vietnam for 19 months and was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service:

Rob’s family upbringing instilled in him a deep appreciation and unwavering confidence in our American way of life, and a sense of responsibility for doing his part to protect it.

Rob’s public service career began when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 as a Private, and spent 19 months in Vietnam where he earned two Bronze Star Medals. Rob continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Military Intelligence Officer, retiring as a Colonel in 2003 with over 37 years of active and reserve service.

He is past commander of the 434th Military Intelligence (MI) Detachment New Haven, CT, which won the Reserve Officers Association’s Outstanding Small Unit Award in 1996. In 1998, Rob was recognized by for his contributions to the Military Intelligence Corps with the Knowlton Award for "Integrity, Moral Character, Professional Competence and Selflessness.”

Following his active duty service in the Army, Rob joined the Central Intelligence Agency, working as an Operations Officer for a decade, including five years on assignment overseas in East Asia where he participated in difficult and dangerous missions to protect America’s national security.

Upon his return from East Asia, Rob left the CIA to join the staff of Senator John H. Chafee (R-Rhode Island) where he was Legislative Assistant for Military, Foreign and Veterans Affairs. . . READ MORE

Blumenthal's false claim will only make the public more aware of Simmons valor in Vietnam.

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