A Democrat candidate for the Virgina State Senate has drawn fire from around the country after making a false claim about his military service that was so suspicious, it prompted a local media outlet to launch an investigation to get to the bottom of it.
In Gary McCollum’s campaign literature and on various websites, he has been credited with active duty service in the U.S. Army with the Army Rangers and has also claimed that he’s “currently a Major in the Army Reserve.”
According to a recent investigation by WAVY‘s Andy Cox, McCollom’s military record clearly stated that he was released from the Army in Sep. of 2001 at the rank of major and is not, in fact, an Army Reserve officer.
“Sir, with all due respect, you are not currently a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and you continue to tell people you are,” Cox said. “All of the literature on the Cox Communications website says you are currently a major in the U.S. Army Reserve, and sir you are not.”
“Well, I am not going to get into the discussion,” McCollum responded. “I am in the Reserve.”
A representative from WAVY contacted the Public Affairs Office for the Army Human Resources Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky, who confirmed without a doubt that McCollom was misstating his current status in the U.S. military.