One of the greatest things that a man can do is fight for his country, and as a result can expect to earn some respect from his peers upon his return. On the flip side, lying about serving one’s country is something that is completely abhorrent, and this video sadly depicts the latter.
Officially called Stolen Valor, it’s fortunately not something that happens often, but it’s important that it is punished to the best of our ability. That’s what happens in the video on the next page, as a real-life veteran calls his bluff, and it’s oddly satisfying. Turn over to the next page to check it out.
In 2013, US Congress established the Stolen Valor code, which made false claims to be part of the military a Federal offence. It was shot down by the Supreme Court, but there are other, less decisive ways to thwart this heinous offence. Case in point, this man who was found at a Texas Walmart:
Clearly drunk out of his mind, the video opens with this “veteran” standing at a vending machine, but the man behind the camera is an actual veteran, and he is not happy. He confronts the man in uniform and quizzes him, quickly realising that everything is not as it seems. He explains that his “brothers have died in that uniform”, but the imposter refuses to drop the act, slurring through his defence as the heat grows. The actual veteran then asks him for more information, but again the fake valor perpetrator does nothing but give out vague details that are impossible to verify. Eventually security comes to break up the increasingly hostile situation, but the veteran behind the camera has enough about him to gracefully leave the premises.
Going to war can be a tragic and traumatising experience, and pretending to be a war veteran is a baffling and heartless act that we can’t believe was not made illegal by the supreme court in the same way that impersonating a police officer is.
For more stories involving war veterans, please check out the this veteran, who exploded in anger at kids playing Pokémon GO at a memorial park.