Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has made his military service a key campaign theme, but he has not released most of his Marine records publicly.
On Dec. 14, Ward's campaign manager told the Statesman in an e-mail, "We are thinking about releasing Vaughn's military records soon."
Five months later, the 1st District candidate has supplied two pages: a record of his discharge from active duty in 2000, and his Bronze Star citation after his return to duty as a Marine major in 2006. The discharge document shows his dates of service, speciality, last assignment, decorations and military education. The citation describes his valorous service in Iraq.
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, who was an Army 1st lieutenant, provided 56 pages of his records in December. They include assignments, top secret clearance, sharpshooter qualification, physical tests, awards, promotions, oath of office and enlistment and discharge papers.
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