Posted on Feb 23, 2016
CW4 Shaun Collins
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This is my Uncle; as you can see he is wearing "his" dress Army uniform and is a Sergeant Major, with 30 years of military service. Additionally, he is wearing a green beret, SF and Ranger Tab, scuba diver, pathfinder, air assault badge and a multitude of valor medals, Purple Hearts, etc. He has also been appointed as a leader in a veterans group in his home down.

The problem is he served from 1961 then retired in 1981, and was a SSG who only had 20 years of service. He was initially in transportation, then an MP dog handler. He was only awarded 8 ribbons and awards, the highest of which was a single ARCOM. He was never a green beret, let alone ever even assigned to an SF organization. I have video tapes wherein he makes claim grossly contrary to his DD 214.

I just became aware that he is claiming all of these lies as true representations of his career. Clearly I am grossly offended by his actions and cannot abide by his being a leader in any veteran's organization based on these complete fabrication so. I have his DD 214 and know he never reentered military service after teaching his MRD.

I need help finding an organization that will help stop him from bringing further discredit to all of us. Are any of you connected to an organization willing to step up and investigate and out him to halt this fraud on other vets who earned the honors he sports without any concern for the harm it does to those who actually accomplished the things he claims?

Anyone who can help is invited to message me for help.

It should be noted that I just discovered how serious this situation is and I just learned he his being honored by his local community that will reportedly be attended by state and local government officials and several media outlets on Friday ... I live a thousand miles from him, but will fly out to assist if needed. I will also provide the evidence of his deception and fraud.

Although I never imagined my own family could be one of these guys, but feel I must speak out! Please help me protect the honor of real operators who earned the honors he is wearing to perpetuate his fraud.
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CSM Battalion Command Sergeant Major
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Scan his actual DD-214 into a PDF and send it to all of the organizations he belongs to. Send it to the organization that is honoring him in his community. Harsh, but it should do the trick.
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PO3 David Davis
PO3 David Davis
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I would speak to him and ask him he feels the need to do that. He has to have some feeling that his service in the army was not good enough. I am sure his 20 year contribution was. He may have a mental illness exposing him may make it worse.
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SGT Mark Friedman
SGT Mark Friedman
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I am a Past Post Commander, American Legion and I served on my color guard. My personal advice is send his DD214 to the state hq of whichever VSO he is being honored by with a straight forward letter. In the Legion, the chief dsily operations is called the state Adjutant. Call your state hq and talk to him.
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CAPT Dave Woodard
CAPT Dave Woodard
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MAJ R. Andrew Hoskinson - I'm not sure I would "hurt" him unless it was clear that his behavior was malicious, and deliberately hurtful, just a "whisper" in the ear of the sponsor, withdraw the invite and no one is totally destroyed
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CAPT Dave Woodard
CAPT Dave Woodard
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PO3 David Davis - So "spot on" with the mental issue - handle with care, and do no harm.
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PFC Joe Thomas
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After I got out I became a police officer and as a sergeant with my department I had to arrest and send my father to prison where he ultimately passed away. It's not about what your uncle is doing with his dishonesty but rather what you do with your honesty and integrity. If you know and allow it then you are just as morally inept as he is. You know what the right thing to do is and you are going to have to make a decision and live with it either way you go no matter how tough it is. No one ever said having integrity was easy. I feel for you but do the right thing.
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PFC Joe Thomas - Sorry you had to go through that with your own father. I can't imagine the feelings that went with that.
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SPC Gabriel Botero Jr., MSW, LCSW
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Nothing but respect for you PFC Thomas.
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SSG Jim Foreman
SSG Jim Foreman
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PFC Joe Thomas. I too became a police officer after the Army. Some arrests were extremely hard, especially when a family member was involved. Those who are leaving negative comments truly have no integrity.
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SSG Alex Alexander
SSG Alex Alexander
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Stolen valor not a crime unless for fraud
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SSG Warren Swan
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Wow.....Damn Chief this is a hard pill to swallow. You could contact Stolen Valor directly, but DAMN man....but he was a MP K9 handler....one of the coolest jobs in the Army?
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SSG Alex Alexander
SSG Alex Alexander
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doesnt anybody watch the Simpsons?
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SSG Alex Alexander
SSG Alex Alexander
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1SG (Join to see) - a little age a little wisdom
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COL Brian Shea
COL Brian Shea
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1SG, while I understand your take on this and appreciate you taking the time to post it with the knowledge it will probably draw fire - dialogue is important, especially with those who differ - I respectfully disagree. Whole-heartedly. My impression here is that it is more important for this guy to have his 15 minutes of fame than to honor former comrades by re-telling their stories. Or those that he got from a movie. He could show up wearing what he should be wearing and relate stories told by his friends, just explaining them as such. And any support he may garner for our Vets or those still serving will be lost when folks learn the truth. Bad enough some of our citizens may think all Vets are trained killers (which we are, in a sense) still out for blood. Now they may think we are all liars as well and they can't trust anything we say, or what we wear. I agree sending his DD214 to various organizations would do the trick. But suggest caution....like confirming the copy you are sending is his LAST DD214, and not one issued sometime earlier in his service career for some reason. Would also give some thought to how the sender came into possession of his DD214. If like some have done, it was recorded as a public record with the county so a copy could be easily retrieved, no problem. If it was lifted from the guys home, just be prepared to handle the questions that may come. In either case bringing it to the attention of any Vets organizations involved, with or without providing a copy of the DD214, should do it. All that said I agree start by contacting the uncle and telling him to stand down. Or else.
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have a heart to heart with the old man, a Soldier to Soldier kind of talk. Let him know that his actions are potentially harmful. Remind him of the Army values and use diplomacy on how you will present the topic. try not to use you did the or that and instead change the rhetoric with I feel and I think. what do you think? never use why... think what you will say. best of luck and let us know how it goes.
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