David Hedrick said, “I Kept My Oath.” Just Exactly How, David?

by lewwaters

David Hedrick has released his first radio ad for our market and I must say, it sounds pretty good, very professionally done. I’m sure the 30 second spot will resonate well with those who support him.

If you haven’t heard the ad, you may listen to it on his You Tube page HERE.

Listening to the ad made me think some. There were some questions I recall from his words that remain unanswered. The first occurs early in the ad where he plays the recorded blast he said to Brian Baird at the August 18, 2009 town hall, “I kept my oath, do you ever intend to keep yours?”

If you recall, this was preceded by his declaration of, “I’m a disabled former Marine,” automatically endearing many of us to him, assuming he “took one for us” fighting terrorists, since the War on Terror had been going on for some 7 years by then. We all gained instant respect for the young “disabled former Marine.”

Our assumptions in this regard seem to be quite a bit less than accurate, though. Oh, I believe he served in the Marines at one time, but my first face to face meeting with him left me with a sour taste and a huge red flag raised as to our assumptions.

In February 2010 I met him face to face for the first time, previous emails not being answered. I asked him straight out, since many people had contacted me asking about his disability knowing we live in the same general vicinity, “just what is your disability?” Wearing my usual Viet Nam Veteran hat I wear and in spoken word, I let him know I was asking, “Veteran to Veteran.”

His reply floored me as he said, “I have a back injury (not wound) that I got in a classified mission.” Inquiring a bit further, he replied it “was one of those we were where we were not supposed be type of things.”

Most every Veteran will tell you that such claims are almost always pure bunk!

Weeks later I was at a forum for 3rd CD candidates hosted by the Clark County Republican Women and again, he stood before the audience stating the same thing, “injured on a classified mission.”

At the time, Afghanistan Veteran and candidate Chris Boyd was still running in the race and the look on is face at hearing the claim was one of complete incredulousness, knowing as I do, that such claims are almost every time bogus.

Later on, I asked and received a confirmation from the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin that he made the claim to the editorial board in an interview with the Columbian’s editors.

In spite of the claims of being “Marine Corporal” all over his campaign literature and several more of being “disabled Marine,” his web page makes no mention of his actual service, deployments, training, dates entered and left or honors received, as most other Veterans do, especially those seeking public office and running on their Military Service, other than the very first paragraph on his About Me Page, “David served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry Non-Commissioned Officer. Since he is a disabled Veteran, he can no longer defend our freedom as an active member of the armed forces, but he can protect our freedoms by serving in the United States Congress.”

In a July 24, 2010 Columbian article, David W. Hedrick: ‘I like to fight for what I believe’ we are told, “Hedrick enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997 at age 18, and spent part of his service as an infantry noncommissioned officer in Asia. He was discharged with a 30 percent disability, the result of an injury to his ankle during basic training at Camp Pendleton and a back injury he won’t discuss.”

In another article first appearing in the July 29, 2010 Centralia Chronicle, From YouTube Sensation to GOP Candidate, David Hedrick Picks Up Last-Minute Donations and Followers, amongst plenty of unspecific platitudes, we are told that he “Served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps..”

If that is accurate, he would have been discharged sometime in 2002, which fits with his My Space Bio Page showing he was enrolled in the Vancouver Campus of Washington State University in 2002. He also claimed remaining for a time in San Diego after discharge, working on the recall of governor Gray Davis, that actually did not play out until a year later when he said he was enrolled in the Vancouver Campus of Washington State University.

It also shows he must have chosen to leave the Marines sometime shortly after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when the country needed as many qualified Marines as possible to deploy to Afghanistan and fight terrorists. A 30% disability rating isn’t all that severe of an injury, I know of many who have remained in to do their duty in “Keeping their oath’s” that could have qualified for a much more severe rating, especially during times when their country needed them the most.

The actual oath he took, the same one that I took myself says,

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Yet, shortly after our country faced the worst foreign attack in our history and Marines were being deployed, Hedrick, for reasons only he knows, chose to leave the Marine Corps.

Hedrick has made his time in the Marine Corps central, indeed the very foundation of his campaign. Yet, he is not very forthcoming about it. His few vague claims made leave many assuming something he might not be entitled to and he provides no clarification.

Campaign for Liberty members, Ron Paul supporters and We the People members might not agree or believe me, their prerogative, but this is not posted as a supporter of an opponent. I post it as a Viet Nam Veteran and concerned voter who has seen far too many instances of politicians propelled into office on claims of undeserved valor they are not entitled to, only to be exposed later to their and their supporters’ embarrassment.

Running for the House of Representatives is not the same as two aging Veterans swapping war stories and one upping each other at the local VFW. It may be a candidate creating an aura of valor that he did not earn.

David W. Hedrick has chosen to run on his service in the U.S. Marine Corps and it is now incumbent upon him to explain to voters, just how is it he “kept his oath.”

We demand an “open and transparent” government with “open and transparent” elected officials.

Shouldn’t we expect “open and transparent” candidates as well?

Tell us all, David, just how did you “Keep your oath?”

We are entitled to know.

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