Questions raised over Washington lawmaker’s military history
SEATTLE — A Washington state lawmaker has altered his official online biography after a newspaper raised questions about medals he claimed to have won.
The Seattle Times reports that until recently, Republican Rep. Graham Hunt of Orting listed three medals that a military personnel center has no record of him receiving.
A military spokeswoman cautioned that the center’s records are sometimes incomplete, but Hunt nevertheless deleted references to the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
He also deleted a reference to having been a “combat veteran” of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whether he earned the medals aren’t the only questions to have been raised about Hunt’s military record. In May 2014, a dramatic Iraq war photo was posted to his Facebook page, showing two kneeling U.S. soldiers, one man consoling the other.
The post said, “This picture of me was taken after a mortar attack in 2005.” Hunt told the newspaper a campaign volunteer posted it to his account.