Posted on Feb 3, 2021
SPC Kyle Durocher
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So for all the vets here, how do y'all deal with someone trying to call you "Stolen Valor" in a polite way? Even if they are being aggressive about it? I've been out on a MEB for almost a year now and there's a store in my state with "Superhero Parking" for Vets, Active Duty, Law enforcement and firefighters, while I haven't parked there yet, I'm sure once I do someone will attempt to say something about it. I have my VA Card and my driver's license says Veteran on it and I have an entire album in my phone with pictures of my army times. Now what if this isn't enough to get them to back off? How can I politely tell them they're wrong and to drop the situation?
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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I remember what Dr Suess said. Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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SFC (Join to see) it's what I tell my kids lol
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PO1 Lyndon Thomas
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SFC Jason Boyd, could not have been said or explained any better brother!
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Lt Col Scott Arnott
Lt Col Scott Arnott
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Agree but, I also understand why it pisses vets off!
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COL Jeff Del Fuoco
COL Jeff Del Fuoco
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Boys (and Girls!), we got a lot more to worry about than parking spaces. I'm going to read my Dr. Seuss books now.
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I don't think it will happen. Yes, there are the rare viral videos, but it's just not the social norm.

I'm sure I'm not the only one dreaming at the chance to lock up a crusty retired CSM calling me out for parking in the Home Depot veteran parking and then pull out my CAC and demand me he show me his.

But that's not how the world outside of my head works ;-)

In the day to day world your veteran license plate frame is enough credentials.

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The most I was able to do in terms of call anyone out was at a local gun range. They give military a discount, and the guy was trying to BS his way to a discount with the clerk. He pulled out dog tags or something.

I interjected into the conversation between him and the clerk, and showing my CAC ID I said, "she want's to see this".

It was a little bit of awesome but not YouTube worthy.
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You dream about locking up a dude that doesn't have to listen to you anymore? You have some serious power issues, CPT (Join to see) .
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SMSgt (Join to see) - Isn't that the point of the original post? No one has to listen to anyone anymore. If it isn't straight up trying to materially benefit by way of claim, then non currently serving service members can walk around like General Patton.

A very large portion of the military has power issues. It's all over the place. I'll even give everyone in the training cadre a complete pass on this because it's their job.

I could ramble off any number of observed examples, but so can every single one of us.
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I'm not even sure what you're trying to say here, man. His question was a pretty simple, no dude, just go ahead, fuck em if they think something wrong. but you turned it into locking up a retired E9, which i'm pretty sure he would laugh at if you tried to.
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LTC Dave Leppanen
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In Arizona you can show a CAC card, retiree card, VA card or DD214 and have it put on your drivers license or state ID.
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That's on them. You don't "owe" anyone validation. Other than a couple videos on facespace and twatter, I've never seen it happen in person. Personally, I'd pull my phone out and start videoing them. They're always brave when behind the lens. Flip the script on them.
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MAJ James Burns
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Just a little anecdote. I pulled into a Purple Heart parking spot in Lowes and a lady came up to my window and informed me I was parked in a Purple Heart only parking space. I directed her to look at my license plate which is a Texas DV plate with the Purple Heart motif. She swallowed had, and without an apology, walked off.
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PFC Ian Shipp
PFC Ian Shipp
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Even being serv connected disabled, I'm grateful not to have to utilize such designated areas. I am happy to leave that for our Bruthas and Sistas who paid a far higher price down range than I ever did, thus, I'm safe from any such nonsense. In this society now, be advised I had to strike my use of a metaphor between, this and society, you have that dispicable element whos farore inclined to police another man's brass over that of his own and some of this element is inclined toward nefarious deeds, these antifa chuckleheads etc., I'm sorry to involve such nonsense here but, it's another reason to just suck it up and drive the extra few spaces distance to avoid the potential drama. I'm all about avoiding anything anymore, I'm old and tired, tired of society. I can't really answer this definitively, and it's a very valid question and I appreciate the chance to speak here, my moods are such that, one minute I could laugh them off the pavement and they'd beg for seconds, the next, I could bounce them off the pavement, which is rare anymore, such an extreme, so I'd hope that I'd give them a passing salute and chalk it up to a wolf cryer. But I do know, that if I ever witnessed the invalidating and disrespect of a brutha or sister in that position or situation, I would do my duty and assist first in quelling the situation and disengaging, then accordingly thereafter. Ye know all in all, I'd do the right thing. Thank all y'all for y'all's service. Thank you for having me amongst you. I enjoy hearing and reading what you got to say, it reminds me of some really good times that I miss very much. God bless onevandcall
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CPT William Jones
CPT William Jones
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SSG Gerald King - I havee two DD214's in my hand right nowone dated sep 64 and on it blk 24 is Statment of service the other is dated Feb 72 and block 24 is awards medals and such as that. So what block 24 shows depends on when it was issues. The oldest was form date 1 Nov 55 the new one form dated 1 Jul 70
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Sgt Dennis Doty
Sgt Dennis Doty
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Stolen valor is thankfully rare, and those instances where it gets called out are generally egregious and for profit. I doubt that a parking spot rises to that level. Personally, even though I have a disabled plate, I tend to avoid such spots and reserve them for those in greater need.
That said, if you see a supposed veteran at a table in front of your grocery store collecting donations "for veterans", ask them what charity it is, where they are located and exactly what they do. Ask about his/her service. Most of those "charities" are scams enriching the owner of the charity and doing little to help real vets and often the supposed vet collecting is simply a homeless guy they picked up, dressed up and are paying with 2 meals and a cot in the garage. I once had one claim to be a Marine vet who served in Vietnam, but when I asked what unit, he replied, "Third of the 324th." He was well coached in a poorly researched cover story.
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