The story about Florida state House candidate Richard DeNapoli (R) lying about his service in the United States Marine Corps is catching fire, as more and more veterans are learning about, and becoming outraged over another case of “Stolen Honor.” (Read more here)DeNapoli once stated that he “served in the United States Marine Corps,” but previous to making that statement, DeNapoli listed on his 2008 resume that he only completed weekend-long mini-OCS training.
Now DeNapoli is on the defensive saying that he received an Entry Level Separation from the military after being injured.
Unlike DeNapoli, his opponent Julio Gonzalez did serve and held rank in the U.S Navy.
But to call such service “Stolen Valor” as Julio desperately does, is offensive, untrue, and beyond the pale.
I never claimed to take a hill, fight in battle, or serve for years. I simply indicated I went to OCS, and was injured. I will always consider it an honor to have served, albeit briefly. It also makes me appreciate, even more, the sacrifices made by those who made it through, and served for years – in combat and outside of combat..–Richard DeNapoli
DeNapoli’s is right when he says he served briefly. According to several of Denapoli’s friends, DeNapoli told them he washed out of boot camp about 10 days into the training.
But what is the real truth behind his military record?
According records, DeNapoli only attended that weekend at a “mini OCS,” or Marine training class in 2002, we previously mentioned.
Whatever the story may be, does taking a weekend course in how to be a U.S. Marine, or washing out of a supposed Marine boot camp constitute service in the U.S. military?I am sure Richard DeNapoli can furnish some form of document, picture, or whatever, to substantiate his claim. Right?
Now former Congressman and Army veteran Allen West has weighed in. While West did not directly comment on DeNapoli’s disingenuous claim of serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, West did say that it was “dishonorable” for anyone to lie about serving in the U.S. military.
West also cited Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal’s false claim of serving in Vietnam.
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