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First off I would argue that anyone actually earns a uniform...you earn the title, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Sailor, that goes along with wearing the uniform. The uniform is one of the very first things you get in training, before you have done anything....it is given to you. Second, the dude who is calling him out said he was a Marine, yet the other guy is wearing an Army uniform, and he keeps saying he earned it...you'd think he'd know that. Third, this IS NOT Stolen Valor. If there really is a case of Stolen Valor then I am all for calling the people out, in the correct manner, after you give them the chance to correct themselves, but when it is just someone wearing a camouflage pattern that can be purchased at any surplus store then that is all it is...some guy wearing camouflage.
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CPT Training Officer (En/Mp/Cm), G 37, Individual Training Division
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LTC (Join to see) - Agreed sir. I have seen some outside of Bliss, at the light going towards the Sheridan Gate. But who knows, they could have actually been Soldiers that are now homeless. Calling people out like that isn't worth my energy.
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CPT (Join to see) - If I was homeless I would totally rock an old uniform...comfortable, practical and plentiful. I can't stand people that call people out, but the worst are the ones who film it, make a scene and post it to YouTube like they're heroes or solving the world's problems.
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CPT Training Officer (En/Mp/Cm), G 37, Individual Training Division
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LTC (Join to see) - Very true...but I do enjoy hearing their explanations as to why they are wearing something a certain way. Usually it's "top secret".
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LT Regional Practice Manager, Hwsl
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LTC, you forgot the Coast Guard in your list! LOL. Joking aside, I agree with you there. From what is seen on that video, there is nothing to indicate Stolen Valor. Unless he is asserting some unearned veteran's status, nothing is stolen. He is just a weirdo wearing an incomplete surplus uniform.
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Totally unnecessary since that guy was obviously not pretending to be a Soldier, he was just a guy that probably thought that he looked cool in it (which he does not)
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Cpl Christopher Bishop
Cpl Christopher Bishop
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He was wearing the uniform probably to solicit handouts from civilians who might actually think he is a veteran with their untrained eyes. Why else would he be hanging out at a WalMart entrance.

He should know not to smoke so colse to the doorways however...meaning that although his cig is important to him...its clearly not as important as being positioned at those doors is. There is a reason he is at the doorsbin uniform.

Panhandling.

Im not saying panhandling is illegal or even immoral. But most veterans probably arent panhandling, and the few who are...arent at WalMart.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
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"But most veterans probably arent panhandling"

Only 7% of Americans are veterans, but 11% of homeless people in America are veterans. Also, 20% of homeless men are veterans.

I have been told (by representatives of veterans' organizations) that veterans are the most likely demographic to be homeless in our country.

So, sadly, far too many veterans are panhandling.
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1SG John Millan
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Its not a matter if necessity. Thsts a subjective standard, based on personal values. The punk has a legal right to be an idiot under the 1st Amendment. Likewise, the troop has a 1st Amendment right to call BS. The fact that it's not illegal doesn't negate the fact that it's BS.
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SFC Jim Ruether
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Well our Marine was courteous and used his restraint to tell this individual he was wearing a military uniform. Seems strange that this guy had the pants, jacket and boots. Was he trying to get some money or assistance from people entering the Wal-Mart store?
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LT Regional Practice Manager, Hwsl
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It is strange and you are most likely correct, but there is nothing in that particular video that suggests he was soliciting money by claiming a veteran's status. If he was, the man taking the video should've put something in there that made the allegation clearer. All this video shows is a man being questioned for wearing an incomplete uniform.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
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Looked at from another angle, the Marine with the camera was out of line - harassing the homeless (?) dude and trying to escalate the situation.
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