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"I'm a combat veteran of Vietnam and I have a son who served in the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan and Iraq," the man said to loud applause, with McCain interjecting to thank his family's service.
After the crowd stopped clapping the man continued, "According to VFW Magazine, less than one percent of the members of Congress have children or grandchildren who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. I think that's a national disgrace."
"The leadership of this country is asking our sons and daughters to go off and serve, and perhaps die, in a war that their families are opting out of and I think that should be a national scandal," the man added.
A 2006 article published in VFW's magazine was entitled "AWOL: Why Less Than 1% of the Population Serves in the Armed Forces" and did not apply that figure to Congressional families.
"If present statistical trends continue, we are fast approaching the day when no one in Congress and no President will have served or have any children serving," the authors of the article did write, however, also adding, "It may be almost a cliché to say, but it seems to us that it is also true to note that if the daughters of, say, President Bush and Bill Clinton had been patrolling the streets of Baghdad with, say, the son of the CEO of the New York Times, they likely would have been provided with German- or South African-made armored cars designed for patrolling insurgent-controlled hostile territory rather than sent out in our woefully underarmored carriers."
But the man who asked the question may have slightly misinterpreted his source. A 2006 article published in VFW's magazine was entitled "AWOL: Why Less Than 1% of the Population Serves in the Armed Forces" and did not apply that figure to Congressional families.