A Democratic National Committee website mistakenly used a picture of four elderly foreign fighters — two of whom were wearing Poland's military White Eagle insignia on their headgear —as a depiction of U.S. military vets.
According to Military Times,
the photo was taken by White House photographers during President Barack Obama's visit to Warsaw in 2011.
In the picture, Obama was cropped out, but the faces of four elderly vets in their European-style military uniforms — two of whom were wearing the White Eagle insignia — were used above a story asserting the Democrats' "commitment to America's veterans," Military Times reports.
The photo on the DNC's "Veterans and Military Families" website was swapped out Thursday with one featuring veterans from the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company meeting with Obama in the Oval Office in 2013 — about 90 minutes after Military Times pointed out the error.
"We thank Military Times for bringing this to our attention and have now fixed the photograph on our website," DNC spokesman Eric Walker said in a statement. "Whether it’s passing a new GI Bill, tax credits for hiring veterans, or reducing homelessness among veterans, the Democratic Party’s commitment to our nation’s heroes is unwavering."
Military Times writes the flub "points to a common complaint among U.S. veterans groups about the lack of knowledge of many Americans about military life, tradition and challenges" — adding Dems even got the name wrong of the federal agency tasked with helping vets, calling it the Veterans Administration, the former title of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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