|As the 2000 Presidential campaign
moved along, angry veterans in Alabama claimed that
George W Bush never performed any military service in that state, as
stated on his campaign website. They offered a reward of
$1000 (which rose to $3,500) to anyone who could prove that he had.
No one came forth with any proof.
| Eight days before the election,
the Boston Globe reported discrepancies between the Bush campaign's
statements regarding his military service and what records and documents
showed. In 1972, the Globe reported, Bush
moved from Houston to Mobile, Alabama to work on a Senate
campaign. It was at this time, the Globe found, that he was
suspended from flight duty for not taking his annual flight
physical. Furthermore, the Globe could find no evidence
that he ever performed any drills while in Alabama, or any more drills after returning to
|Bush refused to answer any questions
concerning the charges. His official White
House biography states, "He served as an F-102 pilot
for the Texas Air National Guard before beginning his career in
the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975..." but gives
no further details about his military service.