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  • Army deserter gets tens of thousands in benefits after faking war wounds

    08/21/2016 2:32:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21, 2016
    <p>An Army deserter from North Carolina is facing federal charges for allegedly receiving tens of thousands of dollars in veteran benefits by faking war wounds and military honors.</p> <p>Roy Lee Ross, Jr., 64, of Morganton, N.C., is accused of defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by using the name of another Army veteran, according to the Charlotte Observer.</p>
  • Undocumented immigrant posed as dead veteran to get VA, Social Security benefits

    05/26/2016 7:08:33 AM PDT · by exbrit · 28 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/25/2016 | Joe Enea
    Link only. Illegal immigrant stole ID of deceased veteran and got, among other things, a VA Choice Card
  • Army deserter sentenced for impersonating federal officer, Purple Heart recipient

    03/08/2016 1:56:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    An Army deserter who pretended for years to be a Special Ops sergeant and Purple Heart recipient was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in federal prison. Simon Emilio Zablah, a 29-year-old resident of Broward County, Florida, pleaded guilty in November to two charges of impersonating a federal officer and one count of credit card fraud. Despite going AWOL from the Army within two weeks of enlisting in January 2005 — and later being discharged on “other than honorable conditions” — for years Zablah identified himself as a federal agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency, as well as...
  • Records fail to back some of Wash. state lawmaker's military service claims

    01/25/2016 6:57:06 AM PST · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 1/25/16 | Brunner
    In May of 2014, a dramatic Iraq war photo was posted to the Facebook page of state Rep. Graham Hunt, R-Orting, showing two kneeling U.S. soldiers in desert combat uniforms, one man consoling the other. “This picture of me was taken after a mortar attack in 2005,” the post said. “Background has been modified, but I think combat camera captured the moment pretty well. I surely have not forgotten that moment.” Hunt is a decorated former Arizona Air National Guard member who deployed to the Middle East. But neither soldier in the picture was him. The image was a doctored...
  • 'Stolen Valor' conviction overturned by federal appeals court

    01/12/2016 12:08:14 PM PST · by Zakeet · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2016
    A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran's conviction for wearing military medals he didn't earn, saying it was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution. A specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment allows people to wear unearned military honors.
  • The Veteran's Perspective - Valor cannot be Stolen

    11/26/2015 11:44:24 AM PST · by pboyington · 14 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 25, 2015 | Elmer Ellsworth
    We have been asked to provide the Veteran’s Perspective on the topic of “stolen valor” … well, it is a diversion from the issue of Radical Islamic Terrorism and frankly a good way to help us all head into the Thanksgiving holiday on the proper note. Here goes … Must Be a Sad Illness – To those of us who have served in combat and must deal with the “blessings” and the “burdens” that come with that service it is completely inconceivable that somebody would want to lie about having been to combat. We know firsthand that in reality there...
  • VA GOP Stmt on Dem. Gary McCollum No Longer Being Employed By Cox

    09/25/2015 12:58:46 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies
    VA GOP Statement on Gary McCollum No Longer Being Employed By Cox -- Despite #StolenValor and Cox situation, Dems still think McCollum is a 'Top 3' candidate and they continue to hide his State applications -- September 25, 2015 - Richmond, VA - Last night, Cox Communications released a statement to The Virginia Pilot announcing that Gary McCollum is no longer employed by Cox Communications. Below is RPV's statement on the matter: "I want to thank Cox Communications for making the right decision by severing ties with a man who has practiced stolen valor for the past fourteen years," said...
  • Va. Senate candidate misrepresents military record

    09/15/2015 5:44:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/15/15 | Jenna Portnoy
    A state Senate candidate from Virginia Beach said he misrepresented his military record, an error that could dim Democrats’ hopes of unseating an entrenched Republican incumbent and winning control of the chamber. Campaign materials for Gary T. McCollum, a cable television executive challenging Sen. Frank W. Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), had said he was “currently a Major in the Army Reserve.” But Army records show he was discharged 14 years ago, in September 2001, according to Ray Gall, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Fort Knox, Ky.
  • Non-Vet Donald Trump Insists Military School Is the Same As Military Service

    09/08/2015 7:34:39 PM PDT · by familyop · 92 replies
    Esquire ^ | Sep 8, 2015 | Matt Miller
    After undercutting John McCain's war hero status and brushing his own Vietnam deferments under the rug, Donald Trump has once again mythologized his own time in the military in hopes of bolstering his presidential campaign. The funniest part: someone out there buys it. According to a new report from ​The New York Times, Trump recently told biographer Michael D'Antonio that he "always felt that I was in the military" because of his education at a military-themed boarding school. As the ​Times ​writes: According to the book, Mr. Trump attended the New York Military Academy after years of rowdy and rebellious...
  • Army poser Jesse Mcbeth now a Muslim and starting a Muslim community in Georgia??

    06/05/2015 3:01:49 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    gofundme ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jesse McBeth jeshiem al-amin
    previous army poser Jesse McBeth, now known as jeshiem al-amin, is asking for money to build a muslim compound in Georgia
  • Harrisburg police officer wrongly accuses veteran, 75, of 'stolen valor'

    06/04/2015 7:55:33 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 80 replies ^ | Christine Vendel
    An Army soldier attending Artsfest on Memorial Day thought something was fishy with the Marine uniform worn by 75-year-old Robert Ford, who was strolling along Front Street. Ford's hat bore some wrinkles, according to the soldier's assessment, and his belt buckle looked too ornate for his rank. The soldier enlisted the help of a Harrisburg police officer working at the event, who was a Marine, and together, they accused Ford of being a fraud. "He's not a real Marine!" the officer shouted to the crowd gathered for the PennLive/Patriot-News Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg. "Stolen valor!" "I was humiliated," said Ford,...

    06/02/2015 6:22:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 56 replies ^ | june 1, 2015 | dan noyes
    For its "Living Ship Day", the USS Hornet Museum honored 89-year-old Morgan Hill resident William Goehner as a member of the Underwater Demolition Team, or UDT, in WWII. It's the unit that predated the Navy SEALs. "My UDT team, we destroyed 80 percent of the German submarine fleet in the Baltic Sea, lost 19 out of 30 men," said Goehner. "I cried." Goehner told the audience that his suicide missions earned him the Navy Cross, three Silver Stars, and four Purple Hearts. "The worst one was in the North China Sea," he said. "Got stuck down below in the ship...
  • It Hits the Fan When a Military Vet Spots a Homeless Man in Uniform with a Badge That Gives Him Away

    04/01/2015 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 4/1/15 | Frank Camp
    A newly released video shows a military veteran chasing down a Florida panhandler who thought he could get away with pretending to be a veteran. According to Tampa Bay ABC affiliate WFTS: “Garrett Goodwin, a military veteran, said he was driving to MacDill Air force Base on Sunday when he saw the panhandler and decided to confront him.” In the video, Goodwin follows the panhandler, who is trying to walk away from him when he demands to see the panhandler’s military ID card. When the man admits he doesn’t have one, Goodwin tells him: “You take my uniform off!” While...
  • VA Secretary Robert McDonald Apologizes for Misstating He Served in Special Forces

    02/24/2015 7:04:09 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/23/2015 | PAUL H.B. SHIN and CHRIS GOOD
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized today for mistakenly saying in a videotaped exchange with a homeless man that he had served in the special forces, though his service was entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division. "Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service," a White House officials told ABC News. "We take him at his word and expect that this will not impact the important work he's doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation's veterans."
  • Brian Williams resigns from board of Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

    02/20/2015 6:10:49 AM PST · by PROCON · 48 replies ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | Bill Hutchinson
    Disgraced NBC News anchor Brian Williams has resigned from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s board of directors. In a statement announcing the resignation Thursday, foundation president Ron Rand did not elaborate on Williams’ reason for the decision. Williams, 55, has been on the foundation’s board since 2006. The organization supports the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which presents the country’s highest military award for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.NBC brass suspended Williams last week for six months without pay after he was caught lying about being on a military helicopter that was hit by...
  • Poll: 71.6% Say Brian Williams Should Resign From NBC

    02/20/2015 11:40:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 20, 2015 - 9:35 AM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Seven out of ten Americans say that despite his apology, suspended “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams should resign from NBC for repeatedly lying on national television, according to a nationwide poll conducted last weekend by McLaughlin & Associates. The poll was commissioned by the Media Research Center (MRC), which is the parent company of “This poll confirms that the American people no longer trust Brian Williams to report the news,” said MRC president Brent Bozell. “This is no longer about Brian Williams’ reputation. This is about NBC News having any chance of being a credible source of news.” …
  • The List: 32 Lies and Disputed Stories NBC News Let Brian Williams Tell For a Decade

    02/16/2015 6:05:32 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 16 Feb 2015 | John Nolte
    How in the world did NBC News let its biggest star and face of its division run around America for more than ten years telling stolen valor lies, lie-lies, whoppers, white lies, exaggerations, and — if you want to be charitable — embellishments. Brian Williams didn’t just spew bald-faced lies from David Letterman’s couch. He lied repeatedly on the air at NBC News and its affiliates. He lied to NBC News legend Tim Russert. Stories Williams’ shared with NBC’s own Tom Brokaw both on the air and at Columbia Journalism school are now disputed. Things told to other reporters don’t...
  • ‘Congressional Medal of WHAT?’ Guess what Brian Williams does in his spare time

    02/10/2015 8:48:37 AM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 32 replies ^ | February 5, 2015 | Twitchy Staff
    This clown is on the board of directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Brian Williams Anchor & Managing Editor NBC Nightly News ...!board-of-directors/cq1q Let them know what you think.!contact/c1bpm
  • Brian Williams is on the Board of Directors of the CMOH Foundation!

    02/09/2015 6:15:59 AM PST · by N. Theknow · 21 replies
    Could not believe when someone told me this.
  • Brian Williams backs out of Letterman appearance

    02/08/2015 10:23:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 8, 2015 6:34 PM EST | David Bauder
    Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams is backing out of scheduled appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on Thursday. That news from NBC came Sunday, a day after Williams said he was stepping away from NBC’s “Nightly News” as the network looks into the anchor’s admission that he had told a false story about being on helicopter hit by a grenade while reporting on the Iraq war. Williams had spread the story of his helicopter being under attack during a previous “Late Show” interview with Letterman. He apologized for the statements on Wednesday, and NBC News launched an internal investigation...
  • Brian Williams Stepping Away From NBC Nightly News Amid Scandal

    Brian Williams is stepping away from NBC Nightly News for several days. The anchor sent a note to the show's staff, announcing that Lester Holt is replacing him this week. The news comes as the anchor is embroiled in a scandal surrounding his story about being a passenger in a helicopter that took fire in the Iraq War. Williams' message can be seen, below. "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions. "As Managing Editor...
  • Only CBS Covers Latest on Brian Williams Lie, Downplays ‘Helicopter Ride’

    02/07/2015 11:02:01 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    News Busters ^ | February 7, 2015 | By Scott Whitlock
    Of the three morning shows on Saturday, only CBS covered the latest on the evolving Brian Williams scandal. Predictably, NBC’s Today again stayed silent. But so did ABC’s Good Morning America. CBS This Morning anchor Anthony Mason noted, “The New York Times reports NBC News is launching an internal investigation into the reporting of anchorman Brian Williams.” Mason then downplayed the extent of Williams’s lie: “The inquiry follows Williams' on-air apology that he misled viewers when describing a helicopter ride he took when reporting from Iraq in 2003.” Saying the Nightly News anchor “misled viewers when describing a helicopter ride”...
  • Brian Williams becomes Twitter punch line

    02/05/2015 9:00:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2015 | Neetzan Zimmerman
    NBC News anchor Brian Williams is taking heat after admitting Wednesday that a rocket-propelled grenade did not bring down a helicopter he had been aboard while reporting in Iraq, despite having told the story repeatedly since 2003. “I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams told Stars and Stripes in a statement. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.” Despite a subsequent on-air apology during last night’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News, many viewers took to the web to voice their skepticism at Williams’ claim that he...
  • Charlie Rangel: I Only Cared About Dead Soldiers When They 'Looked Like Me'

    01/06/2015 11:17:05 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 52 replies
    Truth ^ | January 5, 2015 | Jeff Dunetz
    Congressman Charlie Rangel who is quick to slander the tea party with charges of racism, was a guest on Monday's "The Ed Show" on MSNBC, where he made a statement that appeared to be startingly racist: "I was in combat, and I’m telling you, I saw more dead people, but I never was moved until I saw dead people that looked like me in my uniform." Rangel was on the show to discuss the police who turned their backs on Mayor De Blasio during Sunday’s funeral for slain New York Police Department officer Wenjian Liu. When asked to comment, Rangel...
  • Stolen Valor “Ranger” meets actual Ranger. Does not fare well

    12/06/2014 11:36:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Hot ^ | December 6, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    There are far too many of these stories each year and they really cause me to grind my teeth. People going around claiming the status of heroes, wearing the uniforms and badges of honor granted only to those who served our nation with distinction, while having either never served or not having been awarded those honors are among the lowest types of cretins. Sadly, if we tried to cover them all here, Hot Air would have no space for any other subjects. But this one was so jarring and seems to be heading for such a satisfying result that it...
  • Man Under Fire for Allegedly Posing as a Decorated Army Ranger

    12/03/2014 9:20:02 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 42 replies
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  • Philly man dressed as Army Ranger at mall faces federal query for ‘fake’ uniform

    12/02/2014 9:26:58 AM PST · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A man accused of donning an Army uniform and posing as a decorated Ranger during a Black Friday shopping trip to a Philadelphia mall — and whose confrontation with a military official was recorded on a video that’s since gone viral — could possibly face criminal charges. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a lawmaker for the Middletown district in Pennsylvania, has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger to see if the faker — who introduces himself as Shawn in the video and whose last name is ostensibly displayed on the patch on his uniform — could be charged with violations...
  • U.S veteran calls out fake ranger at shopping mall

    11/29/2014 4:03:07 PM PST · by navysealdad · 58 replies
    A former Infantryman from Easy Co 2/506 101st with video of him calling out a fake Ranger at a local mall.
  • Michigan Dem Senate Nominee Gary Peters Exaggerated, Misrepresented Military Record

    10/12/2014 6:31:29 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 12 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) has exaggerated and misrepresented his military service record on the campaign trail for U.S. Senate in Michigan, military community leaders including one of his former commanding officers told Breitbart News for an exclusive investigative report. Peters’ military service record jacket, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the Department of the Navy and provided exclusively to Breitbart News, shows a man who had a broken service record that was substandard, one of his indirect commanding officers, retired Navy Commander Jim Semerad, said in an interview with Breitbart News. “Gary was pretty much a warm...
  • Jesse Ventura On Sarah Palin’s Comments: “Coming From A Quitter, Do You Really Think I’m Concerned?”

    08/20/2014 7:17:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | August 20, 2014
    Tuesday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” former Gov. Jesse Ventura talked to Alan about a variety of topics including what he think about race relations in Ferguson, MO, the militarization of police forces, and some of the tactics used to deal with the protestors in Ferguson. He also spoke at length about the criticisms he received from former Gov. Sarah Palin after his defamation lawsuit involving the family of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, and how he felt he was perceived as a “villain” as a result: VENTURA: I see the bottom line of this is racism…We still have a racism...
  • Stolen valor? Video of alleged fake soldier sparks outrage

    07/26/2014 6:20:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 25, 2014 | Brittany Shammas
    To the untrained eye, he might have looked like a decorated war hero. But it didn't take long for two Marines to decide there was something off about the uniformed man outside the military funeral, who wore medals as prestigious as the Silver Star. And when they started asking questions, they became even more convinced: The guy was a fraud — a fake soldier.
  • U.S. marines confront 'fake sergeant major'

    07/23/2014 12:46:32 PM PDT · by pabianice · 91 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/23/14 | McCormack
    An explosive video posted online on Sunday shows two U.S. Marines confronting a man who they accuse of impersonating a military veteran at a funeral in Florida. The Marines first suspected the man was likely an imposer because his uniform featured a mix of mismatched medals and ribbons. After the service they approached the man, who identified himself as a ‘sergeant major’. His name badge states his surname as Davis. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Convicted murderer Jerome Ersland pleads guilty to possession of contraband

    04/18/2014 6:16:37 PM PDT · by wideawake · 5 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 4/14/2014 | Nolan Clay
    Jerome Ersland, who is serving a life sentence for killing Antwun Parker, 16, during a robbery attempt at an Oklahoma City pharmacy in 2009, received two years more in prison Monday after he was found guilty of having fentanyl in prison.
  • Ranger that called the fake soldier out gets arrested immediately after the confrontation

    03/18/2014 5:58:00 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    RTBA News ^ | 3-18-2014 | Kristopher Vieira
    The man behind the footage of calling a fraud soldier out for wearing Ranger, E.O.D., and 101st Airborne Tab was arrested immediately after the video by the campus authorities. The reason? He was charged with disturbing the peace and making threats against a phony soldier who was pretending to serve and die for our country. The police reported that Vieira, the man confronting the fake soldier, approached him on several occasions and verbally assaulted the fraud! Well there’s a pretty valid reason behind the so-called unnecessary assault. Vieira, who uploaded video of the confrontation to YouTube, was later arrested by...
  • Gay Waitress compulsive lair, faked cancer and said she was blown up.

    11/28/2013 6:06:15 AM PST · by mware · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Update: November 28, 2013 | M.L. Nestel and David McCormack
    Gay waitress who claims she was given homophobic note instead of a tip is a compulsive liar who faked cancer and said she was blown up by a land mine, former colleagues claim Dayna Morales' story that she was left a homophobic note instead of a tip appears to be unraveling A host of ex-colleagues have come forward to question her credibility One former co-worker said she told her that she had cancer Morales is an ex-Marine, but while she spoke of seeing action overseas, reports show she never completed her training After Superstorm Sandy she told co-workers that a...
  • Why on this 11/11 you should finally read STOLEN VALOR

    11/11/2013 6:43:22 AM PST · by golux · 14 replies
    Free Republic | 11/11/13 | Golux
    FRiends, it is my sincere belief (as someone not at all involved in the publicatioon or sale of the book, now a few years old) that B G Burkett's book, STOLEN VALOR: How the Vietnam Generation was robbed of its Heroes and its History ...Is one of the (three) most important books of this past decade. Who are so many of these ratty-fatigues "veterans" crowding The Wall? Who are the false "heroes?" Why are they all over America, at all levels? Why do so many non-vets get VA disabilities? Why will the media not expose these frauds? What is "PTSD?"...
  • American Legion praises Congress for passage of new Stolen Valor Act

    05/24/2013 10:24:23 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The American Legion ^ | May 23, 2013 | American Legion Press Release
    The American Legion is praising Congress for passing the new Stolen Valor Act, which addresses areas that were previously ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The new Stolen Valor Act would make it a crime to profit from lies about military awards and decorations, as opposed to the previous law which criminalized the wearing of unearned medals. If signed into law by President Obama as expected, this act will cover issues ranging from lying to receive veteran or health care benefits, to obtaining a government contract only eligible for a veteran- or service-disabled veteran owned business, or getting a job...
  • Traffic stop of Yucaipa man leads to exposure of phony SEAL (CA)

    04/22/2013 10:59:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 04/21/2013 | Beatriz Valenzuela
    After years of pretending to be a Navy SEAL and a member of law enforcement, a Rhode Island felon is facing multiple years in California and Rhode Island prisons after finally slipping up because of expired vehicle tags. William Burley pleaded not guilty to charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and in possession of ammunition on Wednesday in Morongo Superior Court. Just the previous week in the same court, Burley, a Yucaipa resident, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, a prohibited person in possession of ammunition and receiving stolen property. Due...
  • Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry [2004]

    01/29/2013 3:19:13 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 81 replies
    world net daily ^ | Published: 10/26/2004 at 1:00 AM | Art Moore
    memory hole reminder The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry’s group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily. Read more at
  • VANITY - Anyone Remember Michael Patrick McManus?

    I was doing some web surfing on the Stolen Valor Act and was looking at articles about him when I ran across the link to the above obituary. I think this is him. Everything the description fits him perfectly (e.g., lived in Houston; studied Tibetan Buddhism; his "cherished friend" Alvin Chan) and the photo pretty much looks like him (minus the glasses, soul patch and goatee, of course). Does anyone know whether or not he really is dead? I couldn't find anything else on the web except this obituary. If he really has died, you would think that all the...
  • Army Pulls Candidate's Mistakenly-Awarded SF MOS (Democrat, naturally)

    07/10/2012 7:55:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies ^ | July 4, 2012 | Bryant Jordan
    The Army has revoked the Special Forces military occupational specialty of an Arkansas political candidate who claimed he served as a Green Beret in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kenneth Aden, a Democrat running against incumbent Rep. Steve Womack for Arkansas' 3rd District, has said in interviews he served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Green Beret, though a DD-214 and other documents he released to substantiate the claim only raised questions. In a statement Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Special Warfare Training Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., said Aden was dropped from Special Forces training in April 2008 "after failing...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Stolen Valor' Law

    06/28/2012 11:26:32 AM PDT · by BIGLOOK · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journa;l ^ | June 28, 2012 | Evan Perez
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court cited First Amendment rights to free speech in striking down a law that made it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military-honor medals. The 6-3 majority opinion upheld a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had declared unconstitutional the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 statute Congress passed "to protect the reputation and meaning" of military honors.
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Stolen Valor: You Can Lie About Military Service

    06/28/2012 9:54:34 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 82 replies ^ | 6/28/12 | LEE FERRAN
    The Supreme Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act today, saying that the First Amendment defends a person's right to lie -- even if that person is lying about awards and medals won through military service.
  • Did Timothy Poe Lie About Being Injured in Afghanistan

    06/08/2012 7:16:12 AM PDT · by HollyB · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 8, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Timothy Michael Poe won over the crowd and the judges of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” even before he began to sing, with his moving story of blocking a grenade blast in 2009 to save his buddies in Afghanistan – an act of heroism he said broke his back and left him with a brain injury.
  • Researchers say Sam Garrison no Tuskegee Airman

    05/11/2012 4:19:31 PM PDT · by rw4site · 24 replies
    CBS19 KYTX, Longview/Tyler, TX. ^ | May 11, 2012 | Coretta Williams
    Personal note: Back on June 03, 2011 I posted the story of a Tuskegee airman's death, It is now determined that his story was a hoax. Original Post: Today's story: In November 2011, Samuel M. Garrison Jr. was honored posthumously with his name featured on the new Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home. Garrison died May 26, 2011, at age 88 as a celebrated war hero, a famed Tuskegee P-38 fighter pilot who told mesmerizing stories of long-ago dog fights and downed enemy aircraft. In the two years before his death, he signed autographs, attended receptions and accepted a mayor's...
  • Authorities find $1 million in cash stashed in storage unit rented by Navy Vets' Thompson

    05/03/2012 4:23:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | Kris Hundley
    Federal agents seeking clues about Bobby Thompson's true identity got a warrant to search a storage locker in Oregon on Wednesday and found two suitcases packed with about $1 million in cash. U.S. marshals who tracked down the fugitive believe it is money Thompson collected as part of a sham charity operation he ran for years in Tampa. His charity, U.S. Navy Veterans Association, reported collecting millions of dollars from across the nation in the name of needy veterans. Also stashed in the Portland storage unit were boxes full of birth certificates, credit reports and other personal information needed to...
  • TENNESSEE: Legislature Votes to Make Lying About Military Service a Crime

    03/13/2012 10:27:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/13/12 | Tom Humphrey
    False claims of military service could lead to a $500 fine or six months in jail under legislation sent to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature by a Monday night state Senate vote. The Senate vote on HB2491 was 33-0 with Sen. Becky Massey, R-Knoxville, as sponsor and virtually no debate. The House had approved earlier with a vote of 93-2 with Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, as sponsor. "Apparently, there were some people putting on their tombstones that they were World War II or Vietnam veterans," Massey told colleagues in a brief Senate floor discussion. Dunn said earlier that a...
  • High court torn over law banning lie about medals

    02/22/2012 1:17:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mark Sherman - AP
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday over a law that makes it a crime to lie about having been awarded top military honors. The justices engaged in spirited debate over the constitutionality of a 2006 law aimed at curbing false claims about military exploits. Some justices said they worried that upholding the Stolen Valor Act could lead to other limits on speech, including laws that might make it illegal to lie about an extramarital affair or a college degree, or to impress a date.
  • (Stolen Valor Act) High Court Dilemma: Can Lie About Medal Be Crime?

    02/19/2012 7:16:27 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, February 19 | Associated Press
    High Court Dilemma: Can Lie About Medal Be Crime? Xavier Alvarez was in good company when he stood up at a public meeting and called himself a wounded war veteran who had received the top military award, the Medal of Honor. Alvarez was lying about his medal, his wounds and his military service, but he wasn't the first man to invent war exploits. He was, however, one of the first people prosecuted under a 2006 federal law aimed at curbing false claims of military valor. Concerns that the law improperly limits speech and turns people into criminals for things they...
  • Veterans mentor says he lied about his military record

    02/09/2012 2:05:25 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 32 replies · 1+ views ^ | 8 Feb 2012 | Lindsay Wise
    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...