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Pick of the Day: Henry Allen on the prestige of combat

Having just written a story about a guy who helps bust people who pose as war heroes, I've been fascinated by the story of Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Attorney General and Senate candidate who apparently exaggerated his military resume.

The first question I know many had was, why would anyone want to claim to be a veteran of a war in which they didn't serve? Especially Vietnam. Henry Allen gives us the answer: "The fact is that regardless of whether a war was moral, justified, won or meaningful, having served in one -- particularly in combat -- confers prestige. Harvard and Yale and social connections are nice, but at 3 o'clock in the morning you find yourself outranked by high school dropouts whose names are on the wall of the Vietnam Memorial."

By Christian Davenport  | May 25, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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