Of all the men and women who are alive today and have served in the U.S. military, the total comes to about one half of 1 percent. I was one of those. We are the true one percenters.
A friend of mine asked me to go to Terri Wonder's website. There was a picture showing Ms. Wonder in an ACU uniform, complete with Kevlar helmet, but no weapon.
The thing that struck me as very odd is that this person wore no U.S. Army insignia or patches on the uniform. If they were there, I could not see them where they should have been. This tells me, as a veteran, that she was not there in Iraq as a soldier. She was there as a civilian.
So, I question the intent of the picture. Was it to have the viewer think that she was a soldier, or that she was in combat?
Usually, those in combat are U.S. military personnel who are armed with issued weapons. I saw no weapon on her or in her hands.
I just want to say, that if her intent is to have voters think they are voting for her because she is an Iraqi War veteran, they are being fooled. I think it is despicable for people to pass themselves off as war veterans when they are not. Be honest, tell the truth. To be there, even as a civilian, was still risky. And yes, I am sure she got shot at. We all did.
I have been told Ms. Wonder did not attempt to clarify her role while in Iraq during the recent debate with her opponent. Instead, she played the "veteran" card to the fullest, which I have already stated my sentiment about such acts.
Terry Kilpatrick, LTC, USAR, Retired