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  •  Here's a link to a Vietnam Vets' site (none)
    Not pretty but very credible perspective on the subject.

    "The swift boat poseurs attacking John Kerry are the latest example of the work of those who would rewrite history for the sake of politics. It's been done before and it never works as anticipated. Most American vets are justifiably proud of their military records, and especially their decorations, which are valuable for the reason that they are not easily won and are only  awarded based on the testimony of his fellow soldiers and attested to by sworn documents.  The idea that they can be fraudulently won casts doubt not just on Mr. Kerry's decorations, but on the decorations of every other man or woman who served and shares the distinction of the same awards. If Kerry's decorations are invalid because a dippy old man is jealous, then so are the decorations of every other veteran. Sooner or later this will be realized among veterans at large. When that happens, the resentment against the swifties will work against the president they say they support.

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