In an appearance on Thursday April 5th's The Pat Campbell Show on Talk Radio 1170, Rep. Kevin McDugle (R., Dist. 12) made the stunning claim that his Oklahoma House colleague Rep. Mike Ritze (R., District 80) may not be the Disabled Veteran he has claimed to be, and that Ritze is wearing commendation medals he may have never earned.
Talk Radio 1170 did our best to look into the allegations made by Rep. McDugle, visiting MikeRitze.com as well as his Facebook page and here's what we can confirm:
- Several Photos on the Facebook page do indeed show Ritze wearing a DAV hat.
- In many of those photos, small pins can be seen on the hat that appear to be not only a Purple Heart, but the Screaming Eagle Combat Service Identification Badge of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army.
We also found that sometime during the day on Thursday, a new page was added to MikeRitze.com that is dedicated to his service in the military, and includes photos of several documents that Rep. McDugle has questions about.
We have reached out to Rep. Ritze for comment, but have yet to get a response.