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January 24, 2006

Fake War Veterans

A very strange phenomenon indeed.

I have noticed that we have picked up a number of these louts here on this very blog. I've observed a few get flushed out elsewhere, even political candidates who you'd think had been thoroughly vetted.

Apparently this thing is so widespread that by some accounts 4 out of 5 guys who say they 'saw the shit,' never served at all.

They walk around in fatigues, drape themselves with medals purchased from flea markets, and talk a good game.
But they are despicable liars serving some innate longing for respect that they aren't hardworking enough to earn for themselves even as civilians.

New legislation will make impersonating a war hero a federal crime.

Link drop: Here's a good (old) brief fact-filled column.

Here's a veteran's site dedicated to what they call "A Nationwide Epidemic." Its full of linky goodness, as well as stories about all the phonies they have unmasked so far.

And here's a good synopsis of a book written on the subject, with an Amazon link if you're interested in purchasing it.

People love to pretend to be something they're not; but the valorous reputation of our fighting men and women is bought with the heartbreak of a nation.

I have met genuine veterans, and the remarkable thing about them is they usually won't talk about their experiences. If they do, you know you're hearing the truth because their stories are underscored by an utter lack of drama.

To falsely claim membership in that particular club makes you subhuman filth that should be beaten to a foamy pink mass with many, many clawhammers.

UPDATE: Don't miss the liars' apologies page! Remember, these are the people with some shame.

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