Tag Archives: Stolen Valor Act

Veterans don’t get the respect and media coverage they deserve

What’s more important to this society…Jon & Kate Plus 8 or a news story about a man arrested for impersonating a war veteran?

The answer makes me sick to my stomach.

A recent Re-Tweet by @OperationPTSD brought me to the point where I needed to write this post:

RT @OpGratitude: Via @usmcwife8999: How about we forget Balloon Boy and focus on those who never ask for thanks but deserve it! #honorvets

I reminded me of a screen capture I have stored on my flash drive for the very day I wanted to write this post. When I JonKateOverVeteranswas writing my post about the impostor veteran exposed in Colorado, an article on CNN stuck out to me when I saw their list of Most Viewed articles.

More people reading CNN.com cared more about Jon & Kate’s made-for-tv dramatic lives, than someone impersonating a veteran in an attempt for financial gain, someone making a mockery of everything veterans served and serve for for this country.

The thought of it bothers me to no end.

I do partake in celebrity gossip once in awhile, but I prefer to indulge myself in quality journalism because it has substance and is what should matter to this society.

The harsh reality is…if it has substance, people don’t want to read it. If it’s about some celebrity crying about how their husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or nanny cheated on them…everyone is interested.

What will make quality more important than what’s sensational?

I want to hear your opinion.

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Imposter veteran in Colorado

The Stolen Valor Act makes it a crime to impersonate military personnel, and falsely claim military medals or honors.

A link from @USMCsupporter showed up on my Twitter feed, and answered the very question I posted to my readers on my last blog post:

Has anyone heard of this happening in the United States?

Rick Strandlof was arrested by the FBI for violating this act by claiming he was a a Marine captain and Iraq war veteran, Examiner.com reports, but was doing a lot of work in support of veterans and veterans issues:

The man arrested was Rick Strandlof, who, under the name Rick Duncan, founded the Colorado Veterans Alliance, and was known in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas for his advocacy of veterans issues.

The saddest part of this arrest is the suspect has been doing work in support of veterans and veterans issues.

The article stated Strandoff had a history of psychiatric problems, but does not elaborate on the actual illness.

This is a sad situation, and while I find it offensive he claimed to be both a Marine, and a war veteran, I applaud the work he has done for veterans issues.