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Veterans mentor says he lied about his military record
chron.com ^ | 8 Feb 2012 | Lindsay Wise

Posted on 02/09/2012 2:05:25 PM PST by smokingfrog

The director of counseling at a nonprofit for veterans in Houston confessed Wednesday to lying about his military record and falsely claiming a Silver Star and other medals.

Paul Schroeder, 40, portrayed himself as a decorated Special Forces sergeant first class who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in combat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and Central and South America.

In his job at the nonprofit PTSD Foundation of America, Schroeder mentored veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and led group therapy sessions at local churches and the Star of Hope Mission. He also lectured at least half a dozen times at the Houston Police Academy as part of a PTSD awareness program for officers and cadets.

"Veterans helping veterans is such a great tool because we have been there," he said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle last year. "We do understand. We can speak the same language, and if we've confronted those demons and come out the other side, it gives them hope that they can do the same. And that's really the key to defeating suicide and things of that nature is having hope that it will be better."

But the Army has no record of Schroeder ever serving in Special Operations, deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan or anywhere else, and no record of him receiving the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge or other decorations he claimed to have earned, said Mark Edwards, spokesman for U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: stolenvalor

1 posted on 02/09/2012 2:05:40 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

2 words
BACKGROUND CHECK!


2 posted on 02/09/2012 2:09:43 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: smokingfrog
It is hard to imagine why someone would falsely claim military service and medals he never earned.
3 posted on 02/09/2012 2:09:43 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: smokingfrog; HiJinx; SandRat; ASA Vet

Real operators don’t talk about being an operator. That was the first clue that this guy is a poser.

Silver Star, Purple Heart, CIB - he really loaded his resume.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 2:10:40 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: smokingfrog

even if its not illegal to tell others your a veteran, it always is if you gain from it. Looks like this guys whole job is based on a lie.


5 posted on 02/09/2012 2:12:09 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: smokingfrog

A lonely person seeking attention. OIF vet


6 posted on 02/09/2012 2:14:45 PM PST by jesseam
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

The bard answers your unasked question the best -

And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.


7 posted on 02/09/2012 2:15:44 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Really? Is that tongue-in-cheek?


8 posted on 02/09/2012 2:16:16 PM PST by SuzyQue (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

The not so suprising thing is that you never hear of any pretend vet saying they worked in the motor pool. Every one of them was an Airborne Special Forces Recon Sapper SEAL, on a secret mission deep behind enemy lines.


9 posted on 02/09/2012 2:27:01 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

lol. So true.

or “I was the bathroom attendant at the Pentagon”


10 posted on 02/09/2012 2:32:41 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: USNBandit

To borrow a line from Eddie Murphy in “TRADING PLACES” when confronted by the Philadelphia police: I lost my sight in Nam, man! Agent Orange? Dat wuz me.....Agent Orange....top secret. I served in Poon Tang, Kum Som, all them dangerous places! (Paraphrase).


11 posted on 02/09/2012 2:46:13 PM PST by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Old Sarge

Try him under Stolen Valor then make him pay back all of the “stolen” wages and “benefits”.


12 posted on 02/09/2012 2:47:31 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Everyone wants to be a hero.


13 posted on 02/09/2012 2:47:39 PM PST by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: smokingfrog
"But the Army has no record of Schroeder ever serving in Special Operations, deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan or anywhere else, and no record of him receiving the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge or other decorations he claimed to have earned, said Mark Edwards, spokesman for U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky."

What a pathetic individual - why couldn't he just settle for being a non-combat vet? As far as I'm concerned, he's no different from a civilian who makes the same claims and should receive the same level of punishment.

And it's not a free speech issue - it's fraud pure and simple.

There should be some unique form of punishment for these crimes of a nature sufficient to shame the perpetrators. Just my $.02.



Etiam non princeps sed usque ad genua, Principis Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

14 posted on 02/09/2012 3:17:57 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: USNBandit

You forgot “Ninja”. That goes right between “Sapper” and “SEAL”.


15 posted on 02/09/2012 3:19:20 PM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

That’s right. It comes as a Form DD 214.


16 posted on 02/09/2012 3:25:40 PM PST by texican01
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To: smokingfrog
To my opinion, there are getting to be too much PTSD carryings on; just like the Agent Orange from Vietnam and Gulf War Syndrome from Desert Storm. Too many scammers and “camp followers" to the cause!
17 posted on 02/09/2012 3:32:45 PM PST by texican01
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To: GeronL

I think it is funny to tell the truth about military service

during the hostage rescue attempt, at the actual time of the events and crash, I was guarding the brig on board the USS Okinawa, 400 miles away

got a bunch of medals for it, too :)


18 posted on 02/09/2012 3:49:13 PM PST by RaceBannon (Romney would surrender to Islam as fast as Obama promotes it)
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To: texican01

Or in my time a NavPer 553-—WW2 that is


19 posted on 02/09/2012 4:01:09 PM PST by cmomm44
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To: jesseam

Exactly!


20 posted on 02/09/2012 4:08:42 PM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: smokingfrog
i think the mutt deserves to have his picture posted...

21 posted on 02/09/2012 4:13:30 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: smokingfrog

Is there a possible prison term associated with this kind of thing?


22 posted on 02/09/2012 4:16:16 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Stolen Valor Act of 2005

Federal misdemeanor. Could result in 6 to 12 month imprisonment if convicted.

23 posted on 02/09/2012 4:54:33 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: RaceBannon

Thank you for your valiant service Brig Watcher!

wait... there were prisoners??

heh


24 posted on 02/09/2012 5:06:02 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: USNBandit; Old Sarge; BIGLOOK; Grampa Dave
I was never Airborne, SF, Recon or any other macho stuff.
I simply filled a position with the Railroad in Bangkok for 3 years. Nothing glamorous, but there was an upside.
25 posted on 02/09/2012 5:42:39 PM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: ASA Vet; BIGLOOK; Grampa Dave; USNBandit

Over twenty-six years, I must have done at least a dozen different jobs, from leading and training troops to helping drive UAV’s.

My service awards can be best described as lackluster. Doesn’t mean I will ever be less proud of what I’ve done.


26 posted on 02/09/2012 6:01:08 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Old Sarge; ASA Vet; Grampa Dave; USNBandit; ConorMacNessa

I’ve met so many phoneys it makes my head spin. Bob and Dave know what I did, the awards are on my DD214 and with that and a buck I can get a coffee at MacDonalds.


27 posted on 02/09/2012 6:14:32 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: Old Sarge

Well put. Same here.

JJ


28 posted on 02/09/2012 6:19:30 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Romney=Gun Grabber.)
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To: SandRat

John Kerry too!


29 posted on 02/09/2012 6:25:50 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: BIGLOOK; Old Sarge; ASA Vet; Grampa Dave; USNBandit; ConorMacNessa; LonePalm

I think that it was this guy’s liberal defenders, that it was his right to lie about his service under the guise of Freedom of Speech!”


30 posted on 02/10/2012 2:45:43 PM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: ASA Vet

BOL: “there was an upside”

The devil made you do it, right!


31 posted on 02/10/2012 2:47:19 PM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Grampa Dave
The devil had several names, Noy, Lek, Dang, Nit, Gaew, Nan, Dao. The position was hard to fill, but I was young then, so was able to complete the missionary, and several other positions. It was a hard tour, but not a hardship tour.


32 posted on 02/10/2012 3:59:06 PM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: ASA Vet; BIGLOOK

Bob, your post is another reminder that war for some of us is, well fill in your own description:_____________________


33 posted on 02/10/2012 4:42:00 PM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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