By now we all know that Mitch McConnell was discharged from the military shortly after being called up over an eye condition. With McConnell’s recent decision to use veterans in commercials that further his political career and his obvious lack of service, we thought it’d be a good idea to examine Mitch’s past.
If Mitch McConnell’s medical condition was bad enough for him to be discharged, why did he need Senator Cooper’s help?
Let’s take a look at the telegram Senator John Sherman Cooper sent on McConnell’s behalf demanding that he be discharged:
AUGUST 10, 1967
MAJOR GENERAL A. D. SURLES
FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY
PVT MITCHELL MCCONNELL, ER 15 767 802, BEING MEDICALLY DISCHARGED YOUR STATION OPTIC NEURITIS. PAPERS IN OFFICE
SPECIALIST HUMMER, COLONEL FLETCHER BATTALION CO. MITCHELL ANXIOUS TO CLEAR POST IN ORDER TO ENROLL NYU. PLEASE ADVISE WHEN FINAL ACTION CAN BE EXPECTED.
JOHN SHERMAN COOPER, USS
Optic Neuritis, medical condition, yadda yadda, fine and dandy. Right?
Senator Cooper said Mitch needed to be let go ASAP because he would be enrolling at New York University. Why didn’t McConnell go to NYU? Was it all a farce?
McConnell’s got some ‘splainin to do. Senator McConnell needs to clear this matter up once and for all.
Call Mitch’s office. Ask him why he dodged the war. Ask him why he bailed on Vietnam while thousands of young men and women were dying.
P.S. Someone needs to check out the John Sherman Cooper Papers, Senatorial Series II 1956-72, Office Copy File from 1967, Box 792, at the University of Kentucky. Margaret I. King Library, Special Collections.