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Old 12-20-2008, 09:11 PM   #1
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Stolen Valor....

Some days, I'm not surprised by people's actions. Then I come across something so heinous I just have no words for a person's actions.

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Boasting a military record that included two Purple Hearts, decorations for valor and combat service in Somalia with the Army Rangers, Brian Culp seemed the perfect war hero to be honored last year as grand marshal in LaVernia's patriotic parade.

“He was very deserving because of his military experience, battles and honors. And he had gotten hurt,” said Merrie Monaco, president of the Lions Club that sponsors the Bluebonnet Fest Parade.

“We actually made a quilt with his patches and medals, like a memory quilt, and we gave it to him,” she recalled.
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He said Culp eventually admitted he had used his computer to create not only the fake ID card, but also an authentic-looking military discharge paper called a DD-214 larded with fictional honors and service.

Culp admitted to using the fake documents to obtain benefits and services from on-base haircuts to Purple Heart license plates to disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Vaughan said.

“He said he lied to the VA counselor about having post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in Bosnia and witnessing mass graves there,” Vaughan said.

And while Culp had served honorably in both wars against Iraq, he never was wounded, never served in Somalia or Bosnia and never had been a Ranger, Vaughan said.
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But it was a chance encounter with a former Army Ranger last year that led to Culp finally being exposed. Highway patrolman Derome West said he came upon Culp while patrolling U.S. 281 near Bulverde.

“A pickup with a Ranger tab and Purple Heart plates pulled into the Valero in front of me, so I pulled up beside him,” West recalled.

“He started telling me about how he was in the 3rd Ranger Battalion in Mogadishu, and we got to talking a little bit. There's a little bit of a vetting process,” he said of the Ranger fraternity.

But Culp's story didn't check out with other Rangers who were in the rescue mission made famous in the movie, “Black Hawk Down.” His references also failed him and there was no record of his being in Somalia.

“I have a copy of the joint meritorious unit award that was awarded to all the Rangers in Somalia in support of Operation Gothic Serpent, aka ‘Black Hawk Down,' and his name is not on it. I can state with 100 percent certainty, he was not there,” said former Ranger Raleigh Cash of Illinois, who participated in the Somali operation.

Cash said that when he confronted Culp by phone last year, the story changed. Culp said he had been deployed with a different Army unit that was sent in to help the Rangers. But this story didn't check out either.

“I'm in a unique position. I can say with 100 percent certainty that no one from our unit went to Mogadishu,” said Dan Gronke, a Ranger who was Culp's unit leader in Germany at the time of the Mogadishu episode.

“He was a pretty good soldier, and that's why all this surprises me. When I knew him, he served honorably and didn't make any grand claims, although he was a good story teller,” said Gronke, now of Alabama.

“What amazes me is someone would tell a story of this scale and think no one will ever call him on it,” he said.

For Culp, the long trail of fiction and perhaps delusion may have ended Dec. 4 when he pleaded guilty to three federal misdemeanor charges: falsely claiming to have earned a Purple Heart, falsely claiming to have earned a Bronze Star with valor, and creating a counterfeit military identification.

He will be sentenced Dec. 29 in San Antonio and faces up to one year in prison.
I think after he serves his time, he needs to spend some time in the VA hospital caring for the injured heroes he claimed he was.

Invalid valor: Vet lied about his service

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Old 12-20-2008, 09:20 PM   #2
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man that is unreal. at first it sounded at least like just a civilian making that up, but for an actual serviceman to make that crap up, he deserves something much worse, i won't say what i feel his punishment should be. but the wasted resources, and faking postr tramatic stress disorder, come on. what a schmuck, that is a disgrace to our country.

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I think he needs to be given a hammer and made to crawl on his hands and knees, pounding the ground looking for explosive devices in Iraq.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:26 PM   #4
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I really hope he gets that sentence in prison.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:38 PM   #5
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The man ran a foundation that took injured Veterans hunting which I can only believe was a bit of the Tell Tale Heart (guilt) getting to him, since he was stealing from those same injured Vets by taking benefits that he did not deserve.

How on earth did he think he was going to be able to claim himself a Army Ranger and get away with it?
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i'm a 4 star general, bet you guys didn't know that. i fly into battle like superman, and i wear a camo cape. but now i have post traumatic stress, can someone help me. think i can keep this one going??
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I think he needs some counseling.

The wall to wall type. I volunteer myself and Cain as the therapist. We can do it at the VA hospital.


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Old 12-20-2008, 10:33 PM   #8
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having just gotten back from iraq in nov., and being in the army for my 3rd year now, i can say this guy is definitely not a representative for the u.s. army in whole.

but... i can say i have met a few px rangers in my time.
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Those of you who have dealt with the VA know how long it takes to get an appointment when you need medical treatment. Most times, it's not days, it's weeks. Culp claimed PTSD. This man, this scumbag, took appointments a real Veteran suffering from PTSD needed. The more I read the more enraged I feel.

I hope to God, not only does the state get involved (providing false information to the DMV is a felony) but I also hope the VA gets involved and recovers every dime plus.
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I think he needs some counseling.

The wall to wall type. I volunteer myself and Cain as the therapist. We can do it at the VA hospital.


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Hell yeah! Man, it's been a long time since I heard the phrase "Wall to wall counseling"!

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having just gotten back from iraq in nov., and being in the army for my 3rd year now, i can say this guy is definitely not a representative for the u.s. army in whole.

but... i can say i have met a few px rangers in my time.
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Mr. Culp is fast becoming the bell of the ball when it comes to military blogs, so I decided to add my two cents for the sake of google. I hope his name ends up a wiki entry for douchbaggery.

Brian Culp, you make me sick… approaching cliffs
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I think he needs some counseling.

The wall to wall type. I volunteer myself and Cain as the therapist. We can do it at the VA hospital.


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I hate it when people do this. Unfortunetly similar claims of being a veteran are common. I'm a police officer and nightly have to deal with people who claim to be vets, usually in hopes they can get special treatment out of it. I was in the Army for 10 years and my partner was a Marine, so we always challenge them on it, asking exactly what unit they were in and where? Over the years with lots of supposed vets, I found MOST to be liers. The fact that they make this claim annoys me and I usually make that clear to them. The liers out there dishonor all vets.

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