More Blumenthal Claims of Vietnam Service Emerge

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* By Raymond Hernandez New York Times *

WASHINGTON — Broader newspaper archival searches have continued to turn up claims by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut that he was a Vietnam War veteran, even though he did not serve in the war.

The most recent claim unearthed was in a report published in The Milford Mirror, a weekly, describing an appearance he made at a May 2007 Memorial Day parade in Milford, Conn., attended by local officials, military people and the relatives of a local man killed while serving in Iraq.

As people gathered around a bandstand to give praise to fallen veterans, the article said, Mr. Blumenthal recalled his days during the Vietnam War.

“In Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said, according to the article, “we had to endure taunts and insults, and no one said, ‘Welcome home.’ I say welcome home.”

The disclosure of the Milford episode came days after The New York Times reported that Mr. Blumenthal, who is running for the United States Senate, had falsely claimed that he had served in Vietnam, and had failed to correct reports in the news media that perpetuated the claim.

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