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Ex-TSA nominee Harding got Army deal after claiming sleep apnea as disability

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Robert O'Harrow:

The decorated general who withrew his nomination to lead the Transportation Security Administration had received a consulting contract worth almost $100 million from the Army after certifying he was a "service disabled veteran," according to documents and interviews with government officials.
The disability he claimed was sleep apnea, a sometimes chronic breathing disorder that disrupts sleep.
Army Maj. Gen. Robert A. Harding, who became a federal contractor in 2001 after serving at the highest levels of military intelligence, withdrew his name late Friday at the end of a week in which he had been repeatedly questioned about his contracting activities. His withdrawal also came after The Washington Post raised questions with the White House on Friday about his disabilities status.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | March 27, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
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Ed, you've got to get through either to the editors at WaPo, or to whomever controls the style book.

The word "decorated" means nothing whatsoever in regard to military personnel. It's an invented distinction, used by journalists, intended to convey irony at what comes next.

He's "decorated." Look how he got the shaft.
He's "decorated." Look how corrupt he is.

Please stop using the word decorated in regard to military members.

Posted by: chambers14 | March 29, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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