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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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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LTC Military Police
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Joe I understand you had to do your duty. I'm sorry you were left with those choices and were not given the opportunity to recuse yourself from doing that to your father. Those calling you names do not understand your situation. I do, sorry you had to go through it.
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PO1 Sanford Snyder
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Ingegrity is not what you show when someone is watching, but what you have when no one is aware of your actions.
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SSG Richard Reilly I don't know. I understand entirely why Thomas did what he did... But you, Sergeant. I don't know. That's pretty low.
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SSG Roger Henson - He was doing his duty the law might be hard at times but it is the law just because he is his father does not make him an exception and i am sorry you had to do that
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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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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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CPT Jeff Robinette
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That is about the only way to stop him.
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CPT Tac Officer
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CSM doesn’t play around. Also, I completely agree. Do it before he gets honored though, it will be a step at saving face you can point out if any member of your family is upset, as well as a “at least I saved you the embarrassment of them stripping you of your award”.
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SSG John Mitchell
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I don't know of any Service Organization that doesn't ask for a copy of your DD214 to even join. I'd be suspicious of Them.
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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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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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LCDR Intelligence (General)
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In the broader perspective, isn’t somewhat flattering that some people want to impersonate heroes? It’s a defect and a sickness, but I’d prefer people impersonating heroes than impersonating actors, celebrities and gutless politicians.
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SFC Tom Michael
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I agree with the 1SG. Most 99% of these people I see, within the stolen valor posts, look like they have mental disorders of some sort.

Some are just shit heads, but most are mental.
If you don’t know the person or the situation, you need to lighten up.

Stolen valor is such a hot topic that it is almost watered down as so many witch hunts turn out to be people bullying mentally handicapped people.

Anyway, my two cents.
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SFC William Forlines
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Sincere support to you Sir. My decorations are in a shoe box instead of an 'I Love Me', wall and household shrine. I appreciate the service that he has rendered but shake my head in wonder over what motivates folks to grossly embellish their resume.
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