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Old 04-11-2009, 04:25 PM
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once again, stolen valor... on a huge scale...

I really have to stop reading the news, it makes me nuts...

SELF-PROCLAIMED POWs BILKING VA OUT OF BENEFITS -- There's incentive to lie. POW status has privileges and makes it easier to get some claims approved. -- VA Watchdog dot Org - VA NEWS FLASH - 04-11-2009

Prisoners of war suffer in ways most veterans don't, enduring humiliating forced marches, torture or other trauma that may haunt them long afterward. In partial recompense, the government extends them special benefits, from free parking and tax breaks to priority in medical treatment.

Trouble is, some of the much-admired recipients of these benefits apparently don't deserve them.

There are only 21 surviving POWs from the first Gulf War in 1991, the Department of Defense says. Yet the Department of Veterans Affairs is paying disability benefits to 286 service members it says were taken prisoner during that conflict, according to data released by VA to The Associated Press.
The DoD and VA need to get their lists together and compare note to stop more of this....

Edward Lee Daily of Clarksville, Tenn., collected more than $412,000 in disability and medical benefits over 15 years before being exposed.

Daily, who spent most of the Korean war as a mechanic and clerk, far from the front, took advantage of a fire that destroyed documents at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. He forged paperwork not only to show he was a POW, but that he'd been wounded by shrapnel and given a battlefield promotion to first lieutenant.

Daily pleaded guilty in 2002, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution. After years of garnishing his monthly Social Security check, the government has recouped just $7,000. (Daily also gave fabricated information to the AP in interviews for an unrelated story in 1999.)
Sad thing is, the VA will never get their money back, and thousands of Vets who are in need are having their cases bogged down because of those who would lie, cheat, and steal from them.

It's a sick thing to claim you're something you're not, but this is an exceptional low. Too bad it's not a new low.

The phenomenon of the fake POW is nothing new — frauds have been outed from conflicts going back at least to World War II.
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Old 04-11-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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When they lie like that, they should go to Guantanamo!

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I hate that! I run into bums everyday at work who tell me they are vets. I always call them on it, asking what unit they were in and when. Yesterday some bum told me he was in the 1st Bush???? WTF....Most of my partners and I are vets and it's insulting to us that some POS claims to be one too. The media also claims all these bums are homeless vets because they take them at their word instead of checking on it. Real disabled vets are the ones who they are really hurting....Grrr!
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