From washingtondispatch.com : John Kerry Fires Back at SwiftVets In response to an advertising campaign that is being circulated by the new, well-funded group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, John Kerry's attorneys have submitted letters to stations that may carry the ad. Within the letter, Kerry's team states that the men within the ad are falsely implying that they served along side John Kerry despite the fact that none of the men served as crew members on either of John Kerry's patrol boats. Additionally, they state that the doctor who accuses Kerry of taking a Purple Heart for a "band-aid" wound had not treated Kerry after the firefight that led to the Purple Heart as the SwiftVets claim. If true, this could be damning to the SwiftVets as it would entirely undermine their credibility. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is backed by a top Bush supporter from Houston, Texas and is coordinated by a former Reagan administration staffer whose husband ran for lieutenant governor in Texas alongside George W. Bush. The White House has refused to denounce the ads despite the urging of John McCain. One of SwiftVets main members, John O'Neill, has a long standing feud against John Kerry. O'Neill was tapped by President Nixon in the 1970's to run a group counter to Vietnam Veterans Against the War of which John Kerry was a member. If Swift Boat Veterans for Truth turns out to completely lack credibility, this entire chapter would go down in history as one of the dirtiest campaign tricks in modern politics.