Fmr. Gov. Rick Perry Demands Retraction Of Report Slandering Chris Kyle’s Military Record(RNS1-may6) Former Texas governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire on April 17, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-PERRY-FAITH, originally transmitted on May 6, 2015. Former New York governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate George Pataki listens to a question at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua
Former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry is asking for The Intercept to retract a report written about American hero, Chris Kyle that states he exaggerated his military records.
Here is what former Governor Rick Perry had to say about The Intercept’s report:
The most recent snake to peek its head up from the muck is a writing team for a leftwing publication whose only knowledge of the military was likely acquired while Googling derogatory slogans to scrawl on protest signs.
In a stunning display of inadequate research, slanted interpretation of valid data and some overly dramatic language, The Intercept, little more than a click-hungry website, took aim at the reputation of a bona fide American hero. Unfortunately, more mainstream publications lofted their accusations into the national consciousness with little thought.
The guiding premise of the article was that Chris Kyle, known to a grateful nation as its best-ever sniper in multiple combat zones, was a liar. The writer’s assertion is that Kyle laid claim to more medals than the military had awarded him for his valor in combat. At issue was a disparity between Kyle’s account in his book, “American Sniper,” records obtained from a seemingly indifferent Navy through a Freedom of Information Act request and Kyle’s official DD-214. The first mentioned two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars, the Navy recalled one Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars and the DD-214 credited him with TWO Silver Stars and SIX Bronze Stars.
If there is any inaccuracy in Kyle’s account it’s that he didn’t take ENOUGH credit for his awards.
As any veteran will tell you, a DD-214 is THE definitive record of a person’s time in the military, used to prove the authenticity, duration and character of said service. The official name for the form is Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and veterans learn early on to keep a copy handy. In separation briefings, service members are carefully coached to review it thoroughly because, once it’s filed, it’s filed.
Rick Perry then asks others to help him in “calling for the retraction and deletion of the offending article and reprimand of the Navy personnel who have fed this misperception with their lackadaisical handling of the original information request.”
Perry also called for an apology for Chris Kyle’s wife, Taya, as well as all of those that have served in the military.