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MY name is ROB. I have a job thanks to Water Warriors! I am going to work my way out of  homelessness.

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As far as homeless veterans most of them don't want to be identified as such sometimes cause they have sunk so low. I watch the videos on YouTube of people challenging Stolen Valor in public places and they get very angry and I wonder how much of it is personal at having been fooled or watching others fall for it. I can say it's pretty funny it's nearly impossible to keep up with the lies when questioned by someone who was actually in the military. There are whole streams of data for the Avid faker to study when trying to impersonate someone who's been through the process. But there are so many rituals and traditions and details that are so common to every service and each in particular very much so.What makes a veteran? Not everyone of them are the same by a long shot in fact they come from all corners. They do tend to have a few things in common like discipline, loyalty, attention to detail and usually at least a form of honesty. I think that people use the identity as a veteran as shorthand for many of these qualities someone you can inherently Trust. I think really that this is why people get so upset with these so-called Stolen Valor situations. I think the people that do not deserve to wear our nation's uniform do so because they want this respect; to be honored for all the things historically the veterans have done.So when some sad sack pins a bunch of pretty metals probably incorrectly to a surplus store uniform and hangs out at the local mall I think they're just looking for love because they don't get any it's obvious. The folks that we're a few scraps of uniform and beg for money by the side of the road that gets people pretty angry because conversely if they truly believe that that homeless person is a veteran all the sudden they're a person,  a real human being because there's a hero under that dirty shirt. Of course people should always know that's as far from the truth as can be because most veterans don't wear anything military in public unless they just got out of boot camp As far as homeless veterans most of them don't want to be identified as such sometimes cause they have sunk so low. I watch the videos on YouTube of people challenging Stolen Valor in public places and they get very angry and I wonder how much of it is personal at having been fooled or watching others fall for it. I can say it's pretty funny it's nearly impossible to keep up with the lies when questioned by someone who was actually in the military.

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Type your paragraph here.I understand the anger directed at those who with a few lies would seek to earn the respect that many had to give their lives for the survivors to get. But unless they're trying to be con men or beg money they're really not getting anything out of it except maybe a date or a 15% discount at KFC. I just wish people cared more for actual veterans and their families. Why can't the people who idolize the military to the point of pretending to be a veteran just devote their time to volunteering to help. That's something they can feel proud about something that all of us can.

 

 

I am a veteran. My name is Bill Browing. I served during the Gulf War. I am writing because I new when they were routing me out that I had something wrong with me. We know now it was Post Traumatic Stress. It cost me my family and my job. I am now homeless and on the streets. I have been to the VA hospital and there is a waiting time to get seen. Unfortunatly I didn't seek help when I first got out because I did not know that help existed.

  I am writing so that others that see this might seek help as soon as they get out.
   If you feel something is wrong pleas tell somebody because there is help out there. DON'T WAIT!!

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There are whole streams of data for the Avid faker to study when trying to impersonate someone who's been through the process. But there are so many rituals and traditions and details that are so common to every service and each in particular very much so...                                                                                           I'd say the Marines would have to be the hardest ones to fake they have so much esoteric knowledge about their history that they force their recruits to memorize.                                                 

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