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(Washington Post)   On this Valentine's Day let us salute the guy who dressed in a phony Army general uniform and chartered a helicopter to pick up a gal for an unexpected "secret mission" but then had no idea where to go   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2018-02-14 02:00:19 PM  
Protip: real military generals are authorized to use real military transportation in the line of duty.
 
2018-02-14 02:25:50 PM  
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2018-02-14 06:15:46 PM  
Make it into a movie starring Ryan Gosling and that is a rom com that will rake in $400 million easy.
 
2018-02-14 06:40:48 PM  
Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.
 
2018-02-14 06:43:14 PM  
"Fear is not an option."
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2018-02-14 06:48:20 PM  
FTFA: "But if he does that to impress girls, I don't think someone like that belongs in a jail."

Why the fark not?

That's certainly a novel defense. "Judge, this man doesn't deserve to go to jail - because he broke the law to impress a woman." Good luck with that. Tell me how it works out.
 
2018-02-14 06:48:54 PM  

edmo: Protip: real military generals are authorized to use real military transportation in the line of duty.


But not super double secret generals who are so undercover they wear flight uniforms as a double bluff.
 
2018-02-14 06:54:48 PM  
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2018-02-14 07:01:09 PM  

remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.


As a fellow real vet, I'm starting to get annoyed with the stolen valor issue. There's con men (and women) who will make false statements for various reasons. The 1st Amendment still covers their right to lie in a surprising number of cases. I don't like liars or cheats. I've got no issues calling out obvious fakers--and the easiest way to spot them is by inspecting the medals and badges they purport to have earned.

More upsetting are the vets and wannabe vets (who have bone spurs or whatever) who will shout "STOLEN VALOR" when a veteran speaks out against something they support. I've had numerous people make such claims against me, all because I disagree with their ideologies or I'm calling out idiocy. No amount of actual proof would be sufficient to satisfy these new-age birthers. There's no such thing as a long-form DD-214.

I'm fully willing to go after legitimate cases of stolen valor; but, there really ought to be a punishment for improperly making the claim against an actual veteran who hasn't misstated service achievements.
 
2018-02-14 07:02:27 PM  
So he's into role play.

/how romantic
 
2018-02-14 07:05:01 PM  
If he had just claimed to be an off-duty officer then he would have been fine and clear. Silly bugger had to claim to be on-duty and make it a crime.
 
2018-02-14 07:11:36 PM  
What's his Fark alias?
 
2018-02-14 07:11:52 PM  

roostercube: remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.

As a fellow real vet, I'm starting to get annoyed with the stolen valor issue. There's con men (and women) who will make false statements for various reasons. The 1st Amendment still covers their right to lie in a surprising number of cases. I don't like liars or cheats. I've got no issues calling out obvious fakers--and the easiest way to spot them is by inspecting the medals and badges they purport to have earned.

More upsetting are the vets and wannabe vets (who have bone spurs or whatever) who will shout "STOLEN VALOR" when a veteran speaks out against something they support. I've had numerous people make such claims against me, all because I disagree with their ideologies or I'm calling out idiocy. No amount of actual proof would be sufficient to satisfy these new-age birthers. There's no such thing as a long-form DD-214.

I'm fully willing to go after legitimate cases of stolen valor; but, there really ought to be a punishment for improperly making the claim against an actual veteran who hasn't misstated service achievements.


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2018-02-14 07:13:53 PM  
Do it for your country?
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2018-02-14 07:26:43 PM  

remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.


I was really kind of hoping this was more of a cosplay thing than a true impersonation.

A guy dressing up in military garb and renting a helicopter to go on a secret mission that turns out to be a date - for a partner who's into that kind of thing - would be a pretty cool story.

Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case, here.
 
2018-02-14 07:27:11 PM  

roostercube: remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.

As a fellow real vet, I'm starting to get annoyed with the stolen valor issue. There's con men (and women) who will make false statements for various reasons. The 1st Amendment still covers their right to lie in a surprising number of cases. I don't like liars or cheats. I've got no issues calling out obvious fakers--and the easiest way to spot them is by inspecting the medals and badges they purport to have earned.

More upsetting are the vets and wannabe vets (who have bone spurs or whatever) who will shout "STOLEN VALOR" when a veteran speaks out against something they support. I've had numerous people make such claims against me, all because I disagree with their ideologies or I'm calling out idiocy. No amount of actual proof would be sufficient to satisfy these new-age birthers. There's no such thing as a long-form DD-214.

I'm fully willing to go after legitimate cases of stolen valor; but, there really ought to be a punishment for improperly making the claim against an actual veteran who hasn't misstated service achievements.


Exactly, I am tired of running into Vets on public and having to pass their questioning in order continue enjoying my day.

We are our own worst enemy
 
2018-02-14 07:30:17 PM  

roostercube: remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him...
...I'm fully willing to go after legitimate cases of stolen valor; but, there really ought to be a punishment for improperly making the claim against an actual veteran who hasn't misstated service achievements.


That remedy only exists in civil court.
 
2018-02-14 07:35:14 PM  
I once dressed up as RAF group captain Wayland W Offcourse.
My pilots called me Way, Way Offcourse.
 
2018-02-14 07:44:48 PM  

remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.


As a vet, I don't think I would qualify this as "valor". If you're going to pretend to be in the military, go for Ranger or Seal. Not LG.

/pet peeve - why is everyone claiming to be a Seal? Why no love for the Army?
 
2018-02-14 07:46:52 PM  
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Sent this to my wife today
 
2018-02-14 07:48:43 PM  

roostercube: remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.

As a fellow real vet, I'm starting to get annoyed with the stolen valor issue. There's con men (and women) who will make false statements for various reasons. The 1st Amendment still covers their right to lie in a surprising number of cases. I don't like liars or cheats. I've got no issues calling out obvious fakers--and the easiest way to spot them is by inspecting the medals and badges they purport to have earned.

More upsetting are the vets and wannabe vets (who have bone spurs or whatever) who will shout "STOLEN VALOR" when a veteran speaks out against something they support. I've had numerous people make such claims against me, all because I disagree with their ideologies or I'm calling out idiocy. No amount of actual proof would be sufficient to satisfy these new-age birthers. There's no such thing as a long-form DD-214.

I'm fully willing to go after legitimate cases of stolen valor; but, there really ought to be a punishment for improperly making the claim against an actual veteran who hasn't misstated service achievements.


I guess I've never had another vet challenge that I'm not.

Got my DD-214 with my other important documents I guess.

I put in my 20 years.  Went all over, did a lot of things.  Plenty of times it was pretty much a clusterfark.  I don't give a darn if someone wants to wear a BDU top.  But when someone goes full head to toe and puts on medals, they really deserve to get dressed down.  I'd settle for assuming the forward leaning rest and knocking out 50 or so I guess.  At least they'd get a tiny idea.
 
2018-02-14 07:49:07 PM  
He's more qualified than most of the people in the White House these days.
 
2018-02-14 07:49:11 PM  

snoopy2zero: roostercube: remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.

As a fellow real vet, I'm starting to get annoyed with the stolen valor issue. There's con men (and women) who will make false statements for various reasons. The 1st Amendment still covers their right to lie in a surprising number of cases. I don't like liars or cheats. I've got no issues calling out obvious fakers--and the easiest way to spot them is by inspecting the medals and badges they purport to have earned.

More upsetting are the vets and wannabe vets (who have bone spurs or whatever) who will shout "STOLEN VALOR" when a veteran speaks out against something they support. I've had numerous people make such claims against me, all because I disagree with their ideologies or I'm calling out idiocy. No amount of actual proof would be sufficient to satisfy these new-age birthers. There's no such thing as a long-form DD-214.

I'm fully willing to go after legitimate cases of stolen valor; but, there really ought to be a punishment for improperly making the claim against an actual veteran who hasn't misstated service achievements.

Exactly, I am tired of running into Vets on public and having to pass their questioning in order continue enjoying my day.

We are our own worst enemy


Are you kidding? That's usually the best part of my day. I start off by saying I can't give out my MOS because it's "top level compartmentalized", then progress to saying how we weren't based out of a FOB because we we were too valuable to lose, and had to spend most of our time being flown around, and slept every night in a C150 while it was in the air.

Once they start to lose their sh*t, I tell them I'm f*cking with them, and know exactly how many swallows it would take to carry a box of M203 rounds...
 
2018-02-14 07:49:43 PM  
TFA says she was expecting him to arrive in a "vehicle" but he arrived in a helicopter.  Apparently that means a helicopter is not a vehicle.
 
2018-02-14 07:51:49 PM  
"I showed you a good time. I proved I'm adventurous, spontaneous, and more wealthy than smart. I am wise enough to allow you to dictate the rest of the night. I'll even make breakfast."
 
2018-02-14 07:53:44 PM  

ZeroPly: remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.

As a vet, I don't think I would qualify this as "valor". If you're going to pretend to be in the military, go for Ranger or Seal. Not LG.

/pet peeve - why is everyone claiming to be a Seal? Why no love for the Army?


The article I saw the other day said he had a bunch of medals on.  Now I read that he was wearing BDUs.  So, I'm not sure exactly what this idiot was doing.  If he had actual medals on BDUs, then he'd have stuck out pretty easy on a base.

My only thing is that some of those medals actually mean you did something that probably sucked.  Not cool to pretend.  If he wants to wear a GWOT medal, go ahead, who cares.
 
2018-02-14 07:54:44 PM  
IM ERIC strikes again
 
2018-02-14 07:59:53 PM  
I find this stuff incomprehensible.

In most of the world:

If you were in the military and you see someone pretending to have been, then at most there would be derision and maybe mockery, but more typically you would just think of them as a sad looney.

If you were in the military and someone for some unfathomable reason started to question your veracity, or ask for details, the words 'fark off' would terminate the conversation. If they persisted a friendly punch in the face would likely follow.
 
2018-02-14 08:04:11 PM  

gaspode: I find this stuff incomprehensible.

In most of the world:

If you were in the military and you see someone pretending to have been, then at most there would be derision and maybe mockery, but more typically you would just think of them as a sad looney.

If you were in the military and someone for some unfathomable reason started to question your veracity, or ask for details, the words 'fark off' would terminate the conversation. If they persisted a friendly punch in the face would likely follow.


That's not always possible. And sometimes it is the untrustworthy themselves that are the first to project and call those who use their voices to speak truth to power the untrustworthy ones.
 
2018-02-14 08:09:07 PM  

Kirablue42: gaspode: I find this stuff incomprehensible.

In most of the world:

If you were in the military and you see someone pretending to have been, then at most there would be derision and maybe mockery, but more typically you would just think of them as a sad looney.

If you were in the military and someone for some unfathomable reason started to question your veracity, or ask for details, the words 'fark off' would terminate the conversation. If they persisted a friendly punch in the face would likely follow.

That's not always possible. And sometimes it is the untrustworthy themselves that are the first to project and call those who use their voices to speak truth to power the untrustworthy ones.


I get that, but the fact this is a 'thing' is farking weird from a non-US context. Outside the US you wouldn't generally wave your former service about as a badge anyway, only people who know you would know about it unless it was specifically relevant, so there would be no point in pretending and less in accusing others.
 
2018-02-14 08:30:40 PM  

remus: ZeroPly: remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.

As a vet, I don't think I would qualify this as "valor". If you're going to pretend to be in the military, go for Ranger or Seal. Not LG.

/pet peeve - why is everyone claiming to be a Seal? Why no love for the Army?

The article I saw the other day said he had a bunch of medals on.  Now I read that he was wearing BDUs.  So, I'm not sure exactly what this idiot was doing.  If he had actual medals on BDUs, then he'd have stuck out pretty easy on a base.

My only thing is that some of those medals actually mean you did something that probably sucked.  Not cool to pretend.  If he wants to wear a GWOT medal, go ahead, who cares.


Yeah, I've wondered about this. Let's say - hypothetically - that I walk onto Ft. Leonard Wood wearing my old ACU's, and pin on all the medals that I actually received. But no rank and no name. That's not stolen valor, and there's no law against wearing an old uniform, so what could they get me for?

/also, protip - there's nothing in AR 670-1 against shaving your eyebrows, as one SGM discovered when screaming at one of my guys. I miss the Army so much....
 
2018-02-14 08:52:42 PM  

mongbiohazard: FTFA: "But if he does that to impress girls, I don't think someone like that belongs in a jail."

Why the fark not?

That's certainly a novel defense. "Judge, this man doesn't deserve to go to jail - because he broke the law to impress a woman." Good luck with that. Tell me how it works out.


You have no sense of romance!

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2018-02-14 08:53:07 PM  

ZeroPly: Yeah, I've wondered about this. Let's say - hypothetically - that I walk onto Ft. Leonard Wood wearing my old ACU's, and pin on all the medals that I actually received. But no rank and no name. That's not stolen valor, and there's no law against wearing an old uniform, so what could they get me for?


Might depend upon whether you enter a place where only active military should enter, where it could be claimed that you're using the uniform to pretend to be on active duty.
 
2018-02-14 08:59:24 PM  

mgshamster: remus: Myself and a bunch of other real vets would be happy to explain the concept of stolen valor to him.

I was really kind of hoping this was more of a cosplay thing than a true impersonation.

A guy dressing up in military garb and renting a helicopter to go on a secret mission that turns out to be a date - for a partner who's into that kind of thing - would be a pretty cool story.

Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case, here.


Hell, she pretended her headset didn't work so she wouldn't have to talk time him during the flight! I think it's safe to say she's not into him.
 
2018-02-14 09:08:42 PM  
Hooker would have been cheaper.
 
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2018-02-14 10:35:13 PM  
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2018-02-15 04:37:25 AM  
I had someone question my status as a veteran because "you sure don' look like someone who was" and I pointed out that it was between 18 and 37 years of age. I'm 50 plus and contrary to his belief not everyone looks the same at 50 plus as they did during actual service 20 years after service ended.

Army veteran. Operation Just Cause etc etc.
 
2018-02-15 08:38:59 AM  
Stolen Valor!

Hair not above the neckline, or neatly pinned
Rounds pointed towards neck
One dog tag should be on her boot laces in case her head gets blown off
Non regulation cammo pattern....
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2018-02-15 12:26:22 PM  
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