Miller met his obligation

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Recent accusations regarding Joe Miller's military service obligation are not grounded in truth, but are a weak attempt to embarrass an honorable man.

Before and during every war, the military increases the rolls of soldiers to a level that's greater than required during peacetime. At the conclusion of each war, the armed forces undergo a reduction in force to stay within their budgets, as required by Congress.

I graduated from West Point, served in Desert Storm, and was offered an early separation under the Voluntary Separation Incentive. Miller received the same offer. This is a law that I would expect all candidates to be familiar with if they are going to make accusations.

What's disappointing is that candidates who haven't honorably served our country in war generated the rumors. Instead of running an honest campaign, they feel their only chance to get elected is to take cheap shots at the only principled candidate in the U.S. Senate race. Being disrespectful toward our nation's veterans and war heroes is not a quality I want to see in a candidate.

Miller's military and public service is clearly documented on his website,, and there is no doubt the other candidates scrutinized his documents. Not surprisingly, I see no similar documents on the other candidates' sites.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse and I don't want a representative who's unfamiliar with our nation's laws. It would have taken seconds to search the Internet for the information before making false accusations and presumptions. But that's not the way they want to run their campaigns.

Acts of desperation; unfavorable opinions of our military, veterans, and war heroes; and ignorance of our nation's laws speaks volumes about the candidates' character. The office of U.S. Senator is too important to be entrusted to a person who's disrespectful to our country.

Please join me in voting for Miller, a combat veteran and Bronze Star recipient.

Alan Simmons

North Pole

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