Mayoral candidate defends military credentials

By Marquel Sennet |

Published 01/09 2014 10:26PM

Updated 01/16 2014 02:20PM

The Shreveport mayoral race gets off to a rough start for one candidate. Evangelist Melvin Slack defends his military background following accusations of fraud.

He’s in hot water not for what he said, but for what he was wearing earlier this week. Slack sat down with NBC 6 News to try and set the record straight.

Military photos, army documents and discharge papers are Slack's proof he served our country.

"I know without a shadow of a doubt I had been in the military."

Others started doubting after seeing the military fatigues he wore earlier this week, starting with his Desert Storm hat.

"I served in the U.S. Army during the time of Desert Storm. No I didn't fight in the Desert Storm War. I did serve during the time of Desert Storm."

Now the mayoral candidate is defending his military credentials and the patches he wore on his uniform, which were attached at an alteration shop.

"I didn't know exactly how they were supposed to put them on, but it was put on or maybe accidentally in a certain way. But every one of those patches symbolize something spiritually."

He says he started wearing the outfit as part of his spiritual journey. He says God gave him a vision for his street ministry, but Slack wants everyone to know he respects those who serve in the armed forces.

"I will never do anything to discredit anything about the military. I was in the military. I'm a disabled veteran from the military."

He told NBC 6 News he was medically discharged from the Army after injuring his hand.

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