Military Service Under Scrutiny on Missouri Campaign Trail

Feb 22, 2016

The military records of two candidates for Missouri’s top two elected offices are coming under heightened scrutiny on the campaign trail.

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Eric Greitens' medal-worthy work fighting terrorism as a Navy SEAL has been a centerpiece of his Missouri gubernatorial bid.

Greitens is one of four Republicans seeking the party's nomination in a bid to succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. He's fired back at an anonymous YouTube video accusing him of embellishing his battlefield service and exploiting it for political gain.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's Vietnam War draft status was a little-known footnote in a 45-year political career.

Blunt, who launched his re-election campaign Friday, has opted for a more low-key response to reports that he received three draft deferments while a college student. He says he's always been open about that status.