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Current and former military members criticized Missouri's National Guard

Date: April 18, 2012
By: Mark Hodges
State Capitol Bureau

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After some say the Missouri National Guard mishandled the discipline of alleged neo-Nazi Nathan Wooten, a Senate committee is digging deeper.
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Wrap: Former Guardsman Eddie Ratliff says Wooten's punishment wasn't harsh enough.

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Description: "You just couldn't hardly go into work, it was so miserable there. You just couldn't work in that condition."

The Committee on Governmental Accountability is investigating the Guard's discipline policy.

Wooten supervised military funerals at veterans cemeteries.

Ratliff says that's unacceptable.

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Description: "There shouldn't be no Nazi's burying World War II veterans. I'm sorry I'm completely against it. That'd be like your enemy coming and burying you, you know."

A Guard spokesperson says Guard personnel deserve due process but she can't respond to current legislative actions.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Mark Hodges, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

Intro: 
A Missouri National Guard member says the discipline of his former boss and alleged neo-Nazi wasn't handled properly.
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Wrap: Brandon Knott came before a Senate committee with sharp criticism of alleged neo-Nazi Nathan Wooten.

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Description: "He didn't get the punishment that he deserved."

The Committee on Governmental Accountability is investigating the way the Guard handles conduct problems.

Knott says Wooten was back on the job far too soon.

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Description: "When we questioned as to why he was brought back on the job before the investigation was over, she couldn't give him a reason why. There was no specific reason why they brought him back."

A Guard spokesperson didn't respond to the ongoing investigation.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Mark Hodges, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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