Another Look at Bush’s Guard Years
Most of the country found out about the debate over whether future president George W. Bush was allowed to skip service in Vietnam by joining the Air National Guard during the 2004 presidential campaign. But the story and the efforts to discover the truth started much earlier, in Texas. Ben Philpott of KUT talks with Corpus Christi native Joe Hagan, contributing editor at New York, Rolling Stone and Men’s Health magazines, about his Texas Monthly story updating the investigation into the former president’s Guard career.
It does isolate a period in the missing year, as it came to be known, about four months in which nothing makes sense about his official biography. January 1973 through April 1973, the records in his file show that he had not yet come back to Houston to begin serving in Houston again, they believed him to be in Alabama. His own biography says that he was in Houston, serving in a volunteer program in the inner cities in Houston.