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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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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
2 mo
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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TSgt Gary McPherson
TSgt Gary McPherson
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He is not on High Alert but for sure is HIGH on something.He does need help.He is not the normal Stolen Valor type.She should have been able to see he was not all there.
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SPC Motor Transport Operator
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Hey, that's right down the road from where I work. I would have thanked him for not serving.
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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Even with the contempt I have for stolen valor, this woman bothered me more than the man in the outdated Marine uniform.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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LTC John Wilson
LTC John Wilson
2 mo
[~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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Cpl David Bientz
Cpl David Bientz
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SPC Bridgette O'Connel - You'll see the reason to register when you reach retirement age unless you're very fortunate. I would recommend you re-register with the VA. It costs nothing to register and you don't have to use it. Politics being what they are today, I wouldn't throw away a potential benefit today thinking it will always be there in the future should you need it. You EARNED it!
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2LT Cyber Security Engineer
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The only liars I care about are the ones that make any sort of profit or personal gain from the lie. I think even civilians know when they see someone with medals all up and down the uniform, both sides, skee-wad, they know the person is off. I once heard a civilian at an airport comment on how a couple of 'veterans' went screaming after guy who truly was not all there, about stolen valor. The person in uniform was in their 70s or 80s ... maybe the served and thought they should have all the rainbow, maybe they did not serve, but honestly, to make a spectacle of oneself is more embarrassing than the poor sap wearing medals and/or a uniform unearned.
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2LT Cyber Security Engineer
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SPC Bridgette O'Connell - Update your card! I am a disabled vet; however, I am fortunate enough to have good health care insurance just like you and seldom use the VA; however, keep the ID active and have a physical, just to stay active. Also, VERY IMPORTANT, maintaining active affiliation with the VA is a number count and HELPS KEEP FUNDING LEVELS! counting you helps fund veterans that wholly depend on the VA!
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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
6 mo
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
5 mo
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
2 mo
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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