Approximately 3.4 million Americans, overwhelmingly men, served “in theater” during the Vietnam War. That includes Navy personnel serving on ships at sea and Air Force people who flew missions over Vietnam from bases in Thailand. Approximately 8.7 million people served in the U.S. Armed Forces during those years. Research, based on Veterans Administration claims and other documentation indicates that approximately 13 million Americans claim to have served “in theater” during the war. Now we learn in the Monday, May 17 edition of the New York Times that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is running to replace Senator Chris Dodd has repeatedly falsified his service in Vietnam. You would think a politician would be smarter than that. Those kind of facts are easy to verify. Nevertheless, isn’t it odd that so many people claim service in a war that was so unpopular.