I normally enjoy “Inside Politics,” but the latest one on Martin Moore and Roger Flygare missed some marks.
It left out a lot of details, some of which are abhorrent. The author wrote that there were “questions about the accuracy of” Flygare’s military record. Since his signs and other content repeatedly talk about him being a veteran, and since I’m the son of a veteran, I decided to find out more.
“Questions about the accuracy” of Flygare’s record is a generous way of describing “lying about military service.”
Looking into these “questions,” I learned that Flygare has previously been called out for inflating his veteran status for personal gain. A veteran’s publication did research and found:
• Flygare was not honest about how long he served in Vietnam (he kept saying “two tours,” but it was a single, one-year tour).
• Flygare was not honest about being a frequent combat participant (he was a personnel clerk!).
• Most disturbingly, there are serious questions about the legitimacy of Flygare’s Purple Heart.
My late father served in Vietnam. He saw combat. He was proud to be a veteran, and seeing some lowlife politician try to get credit for the bravery of others makes me sick.
I can’t be alone: There’s a term for this, and it’s “stolen valor.”
Flygare is not fit to serve a community that prides itself on respecting its vets. I urge everyone to reject his dishonorable candidacy.
Peter Larison, Federal Way