Has Mark Kirk ever told the truth about his military service
Here's Mark Kirk, writing a constituent:
It is time to break the boom and bust cycle of high gas prices and the need to deploy three separate armies to the Middle East (Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom). As you may know, I am a veteran of the Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom missions.Kirk served in Desert Storm? He's proud enough of that letter that he posted it on his official House site. But, it's not technically true.
And, as I've pointed out before
, Kirk's two-week trips to Afghanistan do not qualify him as a "veteran" of Enduring Freedom. If he can't claim the "Afghanistan Campaign Medal,"
he can't claim to be a veteran. Who can receive the medal?
The decoration is awarded to any member of the U.S. military who has performed duty within the borders of Afghanistan (or its airspace) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty non-consecutive days.