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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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MSgt Chandos Clapper
MSgt Chandos Clapper
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I agree, I feel bad for this dude, hate that he is doing this but anyone with any common sense would see this guy has issues.
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GySgt David Weihausen
GySgt David Weihausen
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The individual clearly has either, A) mental issues, or B) an intoxication problem. The woman clearly has problems as well. Her grandstanding for the recording is apparent and her immediately cussing the individual does nothing to solve the problem or even determine what the problem is. IMHO she is more concerned with making a video than trying to resolve a stolen valor incident. Idiots on both sides of the camera.
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Maj Bill Bergeron
Maj Bill Bergeron
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Why confront him? Call authorities and have the professional attend to him. He appears to have a mental problem as was previously pointed out by someone. Very dangerous for someone to approach someone in that mental state.
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LCDR Eugene S.
LCDR Eugene S.
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By the way, the 26 MEU is still active at Camp Lejeune, NC. Not sure where the idea that the unit was deactivated came from.
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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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SrA Nicole Dedick
SrA Nicole Dedick
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Very well said!
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SrA Nicole Dedick
SrA Nicole Dedick
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When I moved to another state & tried to use my VA card @ the new clinic I registered at, they told me it's the old ID card & I need to get the new one. When I got my new ID it in fact has an expiration date on it.LTC John Wilson
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PFC William Waha
PFC William Waha
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You say, she nor any of us have any way of knowing this mans veteran status with certainty ... When you ETS you should have been made aware that you needed to return to your home of record to establish yourself with your home states Veterans Affairs Office . In short you would have received your Veterans Identification Card so if in fact you happen to be out and about as well your Veterans Status come under question by ANYONE all you need to do is present your proper Identification which has your picture on it . Government issued was your uniform as well as your Military Id Card and Government Issued is your PROOF of Veterans Status .Then when someone "Freaks out " over you all you have to do is show them your ID . Personally I don't show mine to just anyone when someone causes a scene wait for the Police to be called , show the Police your Identification Card and press charges against your aggressor , Disturbing the Peace is still a Chargeable Offense plus the embarrassment they'll face when the Court has them Publicly apologize to you . As for outdated Military gear , the Government sells surplus to Civilian Outlets . Just because someone's wearing a Camouflaged outfit doesn't make for a matter of Stolen Valor , these outdated Woodland Camo is great for Archery Hunters and is usually a lot more affordable than "Mossy Oak " . Not only does the Military Branches sell off outdated Uniforms but also Vehicles 2.5 tons , 5 tons as well as Humvee's and water trailers and O.D. Green Tents of varied sizes even pup tents. I drive and have my USAA Insurance which the USAA also verifies your Service before You can become a member so usually when asked for my ID they also want my Insurance Card which gives them 2 forms of Paperwork declaring my Veterans Status . Proving Your Veterans Status should be as easy as handing over your Pictured ID , No one in the World could properly claim Stolen Valor against you . Every State has a Veterans Affairs Office in every County within their State , make your appointment today and gain your Proof as well as any unpaid benefits that are due you . When I made my appointment I found out I was due a paycheck of unpaid Funds from my Home State as well as Free Medical . Your being Taxed for MEDICAID / MEDICARE and probably you shouldn't be if the VA has your medical covered , so yays a Tax deduction possibly for you . Your Honorable Discharge is Worth more than you possibly know , make your appointment and find out .
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SGT Robert Pieper
SGT Robert Pieper
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Cpl Chris Rhodes But I doubt your father goes out in uniform. Thank you and your father for your service.
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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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Sgt Ed Allen
Sgt Ed Allen
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Cpl Ronald Hart - That is the camouflage utilities from the last half of the 80s. Field jacket? or blouse, trousers, boots and cover. But, not with a patch on it and certainly not the proper position of attention. As for those who think mental illness, not necessarily so. I've spoken with people that sound just like him all over the country. Some people just really wish they could have served and didn't. Others just want the attention and possible discounts that some businesses will give to those who did serve. In this case, the best, and safest thing to do would be to contact authorities and move on. This person watched 1 too many Vietnam flicks.
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CMSgt Al Nall
CMSgt Al Nall
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SGM Major Stroupe - I'm guessing the guy's not in the military and therefore is not entitled to VA care. Getting him help could be complicated if he is not covered.
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SGM Major Stroupe
SGM Major Stroupe
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Possibly but most communities have access to mental health care and he could be referred there. However he may produce a DD214 and that should get him at least to a VA counselor who can make a determination on which direction to send him. He obviously has an interest in the military so as military representative it would be a good idea to take a step in getting him at least in a right direction whether civilian or otherwise. Thanks.
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LCDR Eugene S.
LCDR Eugene S.
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Sgt Ed Allen - The cammies look like those I wore in the late 80s as a Hospital Corpsman reservist supporting the Marine Corps. Not sure about the patch on the front, that is different.
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