Veteran Calls Out Fake Soldier at Mall
(Warning: Some language is NSFW)
On The Riley & Scot Show, we're big supporters of our military and military veterans. We appreciate their (and their family's) sacrifice, dedication, and service. And, like most people, we really don't appreciate people who claim to be what they are not.
This video, which at this point has been viewed over 2 million times, illustrates that point.
Recorded last Friday at the Oxford Valley Mall in Pennsylvania, the video features actual army veteran Ryan Berk, 26, who was a sergeant in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan in 2010-11, confronting the alleged Ranger after seeing him while shopping with his girlfriend and her son.
From The Morning Call:
"No one is going to question a guy in uniform, unless they already wear the uniform," said Berk, who earned a Purple Heart after he was wounded by shrapnel in 2010 while fighting in Afghanistan.
The newspaper is withholding the name of the alleged Army Ranger because he has not been charged with a crime as of Monday.
That's right. You can be charged with a crime.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger on Monday, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick , R-8, Middletown, says the video, which has generated more than 2 million views since it was filmed at the Oxford Valley Mall on Black Friday, could "possibly" contain evidence of a federal crime.
Under the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, which Fitzpatrick co-sponsored, it's illegal for an individual to fraudulently portray him or herself as a recipient of any of several specified military decorations or medals with the intent to obtain money, property or other "tangible benefit."
The video does not show the man attempting to obtain any benefit. And falsely claiming to be a member of the military alone is not illegal.
The yet-to-be-named man in the video is seen claiming that if he was phony, he wouldn't be wearing the uniform. Ryan Berk is not buying it.
"He's impersonating in the uniform people died for," Berk added. "He was wearing awards that I earned and he didn't."
For information on Stolen Valor, click here.
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