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Blumenthal Has Long Made Efforts to Be Consistent in Characterizing His Service

On March 1, 2010, Blumenthal answered during a Democratic debate: "...serving in the US military gave me a perspective as well. Although I did not serve in Vietnam, I have seen first hand the affects of military action, and no one wants it to be the first resort, nor do we want to mortgage the countries future with a deficit that is ballooning out of control, I think whatever we do abroad, whatever we do in Iran, we need to be mindful of the debts we will be creating for our children and future generations and cut spending where we can." (Democratic Debate, March 1, 2010)

On February 28, 2010, Blumenthal wrote in an op-ed to the Hartford Courant: "Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, I am keenly aware of the need to keep faith with the brave men and women who preserve and protect our freedom." (Hartford Courant, "Richard Blumenthal," February 28, 2010)

"He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve." (Official Biography,, 1/23/2008)

An April 2007 Blumenthal press release stated: "'Our message: no veteran left behind,' Blumenthal said. 'Veterans deserve a real welcome home - and promised benefits, not bureaucratic blockades...'A visit Saturday to my former U.S. Marine Corps Reserve unit in New Haven - which will be deploying again later this spring - made this issue all the more real and urgent. I spoke to members of the unit, along with their families, about helping while they're away.'" (Blumenthal Press Release, April 16, 2007)

A 2004 profile recounted a story Blumenthal told the reporter: "One day, shortly after Blumenthal enlisted in the Marine reserves during the Vietnam War, he was bumming around Washington with some friends when someone suggested they all run in a marathon the next day." (Hartford Courant, October 3, 2004)

"Blumenthal, a former U.S. Marine, served as a reservist during the Vietnam War. Although he did not serve overseas, he said he knew many who did. 'I saw how they were treated when they came home,' he said. 'Few received the respect they deserved.'" (Connecticut Post, May 21, 2003)

"Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, 1970-76." (QUESTIONS FOR THE CANDIDATES: ATTORNEY GENERAL, Hartford Courant, October 20, 2002)

"At a time when American youths were burning draft cards, Blumenthal enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. He said he enlisted because he had a 'pretty low draft number.'" (Associated Press, October 5, 2002)

By Greg Sargent  |  May 18, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
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