HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk among Montana veterans has been about U.S. Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research paper he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.
How those veteran voters respond means a lot to Walsh. He has built his election campaign for the Senate around his 33-year career in the National Guard and his proposals to help veterans and their families.
The reaction so far has been a mixed bag of condemnation, sympathy and shrugs.
Former Army Capt. Dave Mihalic (mih-HAUL'-uck) says only the U.S. Army War College can determine whether PTSD symptoms are an excuse or a legitimate factor in the apparent plagiarism.
The college has launched an investigation into revelations that Walsh extensively used others' work without attribution in the paper required for his master's degree.