Kirk apologizes for misstating military record -

Kirk apologizes for misstating military record

CHICAGO (AP) -- Senate candidate Mark Kirk is apologizing for misstatements about his service in the Navy Reserves. He's also acknowledging more discrepancies in statements about his service.

The Illinois Republican said Thursday that the errors are his "responsibility entirely."

Kirk says a letter from his congressional district office last year described him as a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, but he didn't participate in that operation.

He also says there's no record of whether his airplane came under fire when he made intelligence reconnaissance flights over Iraq. A Kirk aide has said at least once that Kirk was fired on.

The five-time U.S. representative is competing with Democrat Alexi Giannoulias (jeh-NOO'-lee-ehs) for the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

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