There are a lot of poser wanna-be’s out there! For whatever reason, they claim to be a lot of things in the military; wounded in action, deployed with a CIB, a pilot, a Navy Seal, an Army Ranger/Army SF, sniper, whatever. These loser guys and gals could be your neighbor, co-worker or even a friend. They are quick to point out or suggest that they are one of these decorated soldiers, however, they “don’t want to talk about it” or “I have seen some bad things/shit” and you hear from them “I don’t want to revisit that part of my life”. These people usually will not provide documentation of their badges/scrolls/tabs any paperwork, most importantly, their DD214.
These scumbags tend to switch jobs, lose friends and move around the country to keep from getting caught when people ask questions. Most people that “embellish” were actually in the military, and they just want the narcissistic accolades for doing or being someone else. They could be officers or enlisted personnel, politicians, or even newscasters (think Brian Williams or Hillary Clinton). These people try to “fake it till they make it”. The more they embellish and flat out lie, the more engrained in their head that it really happened or that’s who they really are and the people that surround them tend to believe them. Mst people give another the benefit of the doubt. These liars make society jaded.
The problem with these people is that once they compromise their integrity, it doesn’t stop there, it transitions over to their personal life and their jobs. They tend to lie to their spouses, family, friends and neighbors about themselves non-military personal accomplishments (yes, more “embellishments” and lies) and their non-military jobs (once again more “embellishments” and lies). Most of these people try to clamor their way up the ladder in their personal life, their job or industry and their pocketbook. They are quick to take credit for themselves and other, especially when it is undeserved to acheive what they want. They love to toot their own horn. Most of these people can be very personable and persuasive. Persuasion through the use of omitting the facts or telling lies makes for interesting stories and they have to be personable in order to get you to believe them.
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Remember, liars don’t like to provide documentation and don’t like to have anything that they lie about in writing (but they slip up, there are always text messages, Instagrams, FB and emails). Their answer to you calling them out will be trying to throw it back into you face or saying that “the media lied”, or “you weren’t there” or “I never said that” or “that’s not what I said.”
Please, please, don’t be afraid to contact these organizations that oust Stolen Valor. Post their name and what they have said on their FB site. Provide the all the documentation you can. (It’s still a lie if it’s verbal and they always lie to more than one person). Donate to the cause of rooting out the men and women that steal honor from those who serve honorably.