I understand the allure of the "hero". When we see a young or old service man or woman who bears or wears the hard earned trappings of combat, people stop and take notice. What I don't understand is a brother to these heroes stepping into line with them when he knows he hasn't earned the right.
Stolen valor, to be blunt, chaps my arse so I like to make sure people know the names of those who've committed this ugly crime.
Sgt. David W. Budwah has been added to a too long list of names in the hall of shame.
Budwah faces eight counts, including making false official statements, malingering, misconduct and larceny. They carry combined penalties of up to 31 1/2 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.
Prosecutor Marine Capt. Thomas Liu declined to disclose terms of the plea agreement.
Neither Budwah nor his lawyer, Marine Capt. Kelly Repair, returned calls from The Associated Press.
Budwah is accused of bluffing his way into 33 events last year, including six rock concerts, two Washington Nationals baseball games, a Washington Redskins football game and a World Wrestling Entertainment "Monday Night Raw" show. Sponsored by various civilian groups, the events often included special recognition of injured service members in attendance.
Budwah also is alleged to have worn eight unearned medals and decorations on his uniform, including bronze-star campaign medals from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Other unauthorized decorations included a humanitarian service medal denoting work on the 2004 tsunami relief effort, the government has said.
And as usual, my favorite.
The government claims he faked post-traumatic stress disorder in July 2008 in hopes of leaving service early and was sent to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, where he began bluffing his way into wounded-warrior events.
Mr. Budwah, may the pain of every soldier suffering from PTSD that didn't get the help needed because you were enjoying the attentions of a doctor be passed on to you ten fold. May the horrors you claimed play on the movie screen in your mind so that even when you close your eyes the images haunt you. And may all your brothers turn their backs on you. You make me sick.
Glass is half full:
On the bright side, it's now a valuable thing to claim to be a veteran, to claim military honor, and to be proud of service. This has not always been the case. I'm not saying it's ok what this guy did, I'm saying it's a not-unexpected result of the military re-achieving honor among civilians.
this sob can rot in hell and i hope bubba has a fun time with him stupid sob even if i wasnt drunk i think he needs to go to jail and from their let the quote unquote justice system work ie through him in jail and watch the fun as he gets shanked
some say why i say
its a jeep thing u wouldn't understand
How about we tie each of his arms and legs to the tow pintle of a M-1 Tank, a , an LAV-25, an AAV7, and an M-109 Paladin. Then have them drive out from each other real slow. Then waterboard whatever is left of him.
Words can not express how that makes me feel. My brother was in the Marines, he received 3 Purple hearts and one bronze star. (im not quite sure how many purple hearts, they couldnt give him anymore because you can receive only so many in one conflict). He tried to turn them all down because he didnt think he deserved them. He said he was just doing his job.
^ by the way quartering him does sound like it would fit the bill.
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After meeting more SOB's like this than I care to remember I started asking every person who claimed to be a vet, "What unit were you in?" I don't mean just what Division, but what Brigade, Battalion and Company. I was in the Army and my partner at work was a Marine. Between us we can usually spot the con men. Once the truth is out...no mercy! I suggest all veterans ask questions before giving respect. The posers are many.
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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf- George Orwell