This is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. It's a patriotic issue. Pride and patriotism are cornerstones of our great country and run deep in the hearts and souls of Americans. Kerry's actions during his brief tour of duty in Vietnam and his medals may or may not be questionable. These issues should have been challenged 35-plus years ago if there were doubts, not now in 2004.
However, most Vietnam veterans challenged his despicable, unpatriotic anti-war activities after he returned from Vietnam at that time and from that time forward. That shameful, un-American action always has been a sensitive issue with veterans, but had been low key and almost dormant for several years.
Prior to Kerry's declaration of his "war hero" status at the Democratic National Convention last month, only the war museum in communist Saigon, Vietnam, had declared him a hero. His photo is displayed in the section of "Heroes of the Vietnamese Resistance."