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I generally try to avoid politics on the Motley Fool Community discussion boards, but there is a long tradition of politicians using the military to further their electability, whether it is a candidate promoting their personal military career or touting their legislative accomplishments in support of active military or veterans. However, what caught my attention in my own district was a possible case of exploitation of military symbols that some may find offensive.

And it has caught the attention of military brass too.

In April, Harold Earls, who served as an officer for just shy of six years, announced he was running as a Republican in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which consists of the northern Atlanta suburbs.

The Defense Department is now investigating whether a former Army officer abused his position, either employing video he made while on duty or misusing military media assets for a partisan political ad for his congressional bid.

His announcement, which used footage of Gold Star families burying and mourning dead service members, and close-ups of graves, was met with scorn on social media and by eight soldiers with whom he served who spoke to on the condition of anonymity.

Who thinks regardless of the party represented, he finds it disgusting to use the sorrow and pain of families and friends of service members lost in the defense of the country to further political ambition...

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