Stolen Valor? Congressman Sanford Bishop

Recently, the blog This Ain’t Hell dug deeper into Sanford Bishop’s military record and now seem to accuse him of stolen valor.  Read the original article below and tell us what you think in the comments…

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Someone asked us to check into the military background of Georgia’s 2d District representative to Congress, Sanford Bishop – that’s the district which contains Fort Benning, GA. Here is how the Congressman remembers his career;

Bishop graduated from Morehouse College in 1968 and from Emory University Law School in 1971. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971; completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, entered Advanced Reserve Officers Training, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1971.

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According to his FOIA, he did 17 months in the Army Reserves from September 1969 – February 1971. He was discharged as a private E-1, so I’m guessing that he didn’t spend a lot of time around his reserve unit. The FOIA doesnt mention any basic training and I think Mr Sanford misremembers his time in basic training at Fort Benning. During the Vietnam War, infantry basic training was held at Fort Polk, Louisiana because of the similarity to the climate and terrain in Vietnam. Infantry basic training moved to Fort Benning in 1976 – well after the Congressman had been discharged.

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I think Mr Sanford joined the Army while he was in law school to avoid the draft while he was in college. Like I said, it doesn’t look like he went to basic training like he claims, and we know he wasn’t commissioned in the Army ROTC program. No National Defense Service Medal – so no time on active duty for training.

I’m not calling this Stolen Valor – I’m only trying to maintain the historical memory of the period. By the way, Mr Bishop is the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, and the Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus.

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