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WARNING!: STRONG LANGUAGE!

From: Stolen Valor on YouTube
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This video was sent to us by a lady out of the Reno, Nevada area. This guy was walking around pretending he was a Marine. When asked for his name he responded that, "He was on High Alert, and couldn't give that out."

He then said he was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, which have been deactivated sine 1970. The Marines do have a 26th MEU(Marine Expeditionary Unit), but it doesn't have a 3rd Battalion.
He was trying to get a discount on or a free venue for his wedding using the claims.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYC_plBwpuU
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COL Jean (John) F. B.
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The guy has an obvious mental problem... Although I do not condone his wearing of the uniform, I think she went as little overboard. Call him out and/or call the police and move on. Having such an argument in public is not a good course of action.
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Sgt Alan Godfrey
Sgt Alan Godfrey
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A little over the top to say the least.
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MSG Loren Tomblin
MSG Loren Tomblin
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The woman was completely out of line to continue the encounter. It was quite obvious that the man has mental issues. Based on the way she handled it she also has issues. Let go of what you can't control is my advice.
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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Like my wife said, she would have been much more effective without the language!
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CPO William Plaster
CPO William Plaster
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Her actions could very well have culminated in her injury or death. It is never a good idea to get into an argument or altercation with a stranger, particularly one that appears to have a mental problem. She was fortunate this time.
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SSG Jeffery Rea
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Even with the contempt I have for stolen valor, this woman bothered me more than the man in the outdated Marine uniform. From the first time he speaks it seems apparent that he is either suffering from a mental disorder or is intoxicated. Obviously, he wasn't called back to service and told to report in his outdated uniform. That part is clearly a lie, and probably the rest of his story, but neither she nor any of us have any way of knowing this man’s veteran status with certainty. I wholeheartedly support any service member, veteran or civilian that chooses to confront a person they suspect of stolen valor. I would however urge people to use caution when doing so. Many of us have strong emotions attached to this issue, and I can easily envision a situation where an emotionally charged individual with the best of intentions, escalates one of these confrontations to a point where they themselves are at risk of legal trouble, whether criminal or civil. My issue is not with her confronting him, it is with the manner in which she confronts him. It seems this woman was more concerned with recording the next internet hit than defending the sanctity of the uniform. Does her verbal assault truly do anything to correct the situation? If her motivations for the confrontation were pure then why the need to attack him on camera? Does anyone actually believe that publicly shaming these people will deter them or others from stealing valor? We have all seen the repeat offenders on social media and sites like Guardian of Valor. I’m a fan of Guardian of Valor, and I do see value on getting these images and stories out there, as a way for the public to be made aware of scammers in their area. I do however question what it says about our community when so many of these videos involve people who seem to be enjoying the opportunity to attack someone. Why not politely ask a few questions to determine the validity of his claims, and then if she still suspected a crime was committed, report it to the authorities? I would also note that for it to be a crime he would have to gain a benefit or something of value from those lies.
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MSgt John Butcher
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Well said.
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SPC Michael Corbin - Thank you sir for serving I am so sorry you guys were treated so badly. I certainly appreciate all you guys do and still do.
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SPC Bridgette O'Connell
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PO2 George Haskins Not all of us do. I wasn’t in long enough to retire. I have good health insurance through my civilian job so I don’t use the VA. My VA card is expired and I see no reason to go get a new one.
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LTC John Wilson
LTC John Wilson
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[~65885You don't have to be retired to use VA and the card may be an old one, but, it never really expires. As for using VA, that's a choice we all must make individually.
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SFC Joseph Weber
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This looks more like mental illness and not stolen valor.
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SGM Major Stroupe
SGM Major Stroupe
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This is a cry for help. Get this guy in to VA for professional counseling and treatment. There's so much to this person's story that needs professional attention than can be addressed by a public drive-by. As for the woman who recorded this; clear up your language, get a grip on your emotions and if you truly care get this guy some help. If you can't figure out what to do call the police and let them deal with it. For all you know he may be a serial killer and you could be his next victim. Use your head.
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LCpl Steve Smith
LCpl Steve Smith
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To many witch hunters out there now a days...yeah it's easy to tell he's not all there, either just let the poor guy be or call the local authorities and let them handle the man in case he does have a mental issue that they may be able to take him to get checked out for... Concentrate on the ones you know are Real vets and need assistance instead of looking for a fake just so you can look like an ass trying to make them look like one for being a fake.
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MSgt John Butcher
MSgt John Butcher
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Agreed, get him the medical attention he needs.
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CMSgt Al Nall
CMSgt Al Nall
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Like everyone on this thread I dislike those who pretend they served and did not. I also agree with the comments about the man's possible mental illness. We should feel honored that so many civilians want to protect our service so zealously, even if their methods are a bit over the top. In this case a little compassion would have gone a long way. I personally feel just about anyone who would don a uniform they did not earn the right to wear almost has to have some sort of mental issue. It's somewhat gratifying that many of those who do not share our bond of military service, feel they have missed out on being part of something larger than themselves. Having served honorably in the U.S. Military is the single highest distinction of my life. No one falsely wearing a set of clothes can take what lies in all of our hearts, nor will that honor ever reside in theirs. Finally, we need to remind ourselves and others that they are not the enemy, they are simply misguided civilians. We served to protect them as well.
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