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Local veterans react to Senator John Kerry's Iraq comments

Local veterans react to Senator John Kerry's Iraq comments
By: Ryan Tate

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Massachusetts Senator John Kerry apologized Wednesday for his comments earlier this week regarding students and the war in Iraq.  Kerry told a group of college students that they "might get stuck in Iraq" if they do not do well in school.

In a written statement the Senator said, "I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform and I personally apologize to any service member, family member or American who was offended."

Some local veterans said they did not like what the former Presidential Candidate had to say. "When I heard the comment I took it as an insult. I felt it was an insult on my training, my intelligence and my education," Veteran Dennis Woeltje said.

"I was insulted not for myself, but for the military," Veteran Burt Lehman said.

Time will tell if the Senator's comments effect the mid-term elections, which could switch the balance of power in Washington.

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