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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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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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COL Victor Hagan
COL Victor Hagan
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Concur. That was dangerous and stupid.
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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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SPC Merle Jantz
SPC Merle Jantz
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Did you notice how she almost said my boyfriend AND my husband? I wonder if either of them is named Jody.
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MSgt Kerry Lundy
MSgt Kerry Lundy
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PFC William Waha - I am retired USAF Vietnam Veteran 21 years active duty and have paid MEDICARE since it came into existance. I am 73 years old and still pay MEDICARE every month. I checked in with my local state veteran office and have never received a state issued veterans ID card other than my Veteran's endorsement on my drivers license. I used the VA Hospital one time since I retired and approximately 4 months later I received a bill for more than $400. When I turned 67 TRICARE booted me and my wife to MEDICARE as first payer and TRICARE For Life as the second payer. The VA has not given me one red cent for anything since I retired in 1986. My friends who do receive treatment from the VA had to first establish their problem/ailment was service(military) connected. The government deducts MEDICARE payment from mine and my wife's Social Security Check and my Military retirement pay every month.
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PFC William Waha
PFC William Waha
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MSgt Kerry Lundy --- Other than the Vietnam Conflict have you served in an actual declared War ? The "Vietnam " Veterans are in a precarious position , prior to the Vietnam conflict a President could send troops anywhere in the World for an extended period of time (wherever the President of the United States deemed he needed them ) . Because of what happened with an American President operating his own personal WAR in the World like some unchecked King , after the Vietnam conflict his "WAR POWERS ' became severely limited , an American President CAN ONLY DEPLOY TROOPS FOR UP TO 90 DAYS ON HIS OWN IF CONGRESS DOES NOT DECLARE WAR THEN THE TROOPS MUST BE REMOVED WITHIN THAT SAME 90 DAY PERIOD. AS a result of the "fallout" from the Vietnam Conflict the American "Vietnam Vets" do not have traditional Veterans benefits . So the Vietnam Vets banded together and sued the United States of America and won a little settlement . Once the full amount of the settlement has been expended these Vietnam Veterans are out of Services . My Biological Father is a Vietnam Vet and he is only 71 yrs old also , he received a "small military pension" for only 6 years and then the Veterans Administration "pushed him" to Social Security , he's been receiving Social Security benefits ever since ( the Va does continue to offer him limited medical services and so he's not on Medicaid/Medicare ) . The Vietnam Veterans are in a completely different category than all other Honorably discharged American Veterans .Had Congress declared War against Vietnam then the Veterans would not have had to "Sue" for limited benefits. Under Kennedy the troops were advisory and aided with materials/ medical capacity much like the RED CROSS does today with no direct involvement in conflict . Under Johnson he secretly expanded into a full blown "undeclared WAR " and tried to keep it from the American people and Congress (it blew up in his face ). Unfortunately this does not bode well for the "Troops" used in Johnson's "WAR" , even with the returning American Vietnam Veterans they weren't treated very well when they came "Home" much like lepers used to be treated. LBJ's success as President is limited to his civilian Social Agendas , his military campaign was total failure ending in disgrace .
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SFC Michael D.
SFC Michael D.
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And she makes no indication that she ever served. "Oh my boy friend, my dad, my brother." She's like the guy lecturing the mans family because they parked in a handi cap space. Someone got shot and died for that one. Mind your buisness.
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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 James Taylor
SGT James Taylor
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Sgt Ed Allen - I wore the BDU's up until 2003 when we were issued dessert uniforms for Iraq. I'm not sure when they were finally phased out but it was well after the 80's.
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LTC Lewis Cox
LTC Lewis Cox
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If you believe a nut is an imposter, report him or her to the Police and leave.
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Col Jonathan Brazee
Col Jonathan Brazee
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The lady went overboard, as do many people. I had a young Marine get on my case at the airport because I used an old assault pack for a carry on, I was wearing a VFW polo shirt, and I was wearing a ballcap with "US Marines retired." I ignored him as he harassed me on the way to pick up my luggage until he reached up and touched my cap, telling me to "take off that silly thing." At that point I almost lost it, but I pulled out my ID card and shoved it in his face. He backed off, made some stupid comment that I forget now, and retreated. My luggage was lost, so I had to file a missing luggage report, so I was at the luggage claim later than most. As I left the claim, this guy came slinking up. He saw me and turned his face away, refusing to meet my eyes. I detest stolen valor, but there are some who go way overboard in trying to aggressively attack others in public over it.
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MSgt Kerry Lundy
MSgt Kerry Lundy
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Col Jonathan Brazee - I proudly wear my Retired Air Force cap that my grandson gave me and my sterling silver US Air Force belt buckle. My grandson is USAF Reserves. Like you if you mess with my cap you will get introduced to proper respect. I have and had many friends from my hometown who are Marine Veterans as well some while I was in Vietnam. Semper Fi Colonel!!
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