Army vet accused of faking paralysis to get $1 million in VA benefits, using some to buy BMW

| October 20, 2021

William Rich, remarkably upright for a paraplegic man

Jeff LPH 3 sends in word on one William Rich, who allegedly used false claims to score a million bucks from old Uncle Sugar. Military Times reports;

An Army veteran from Maryland faces up to 30 years in federal prison after prosecutors say he falsely claimed to the Department of Veterans Affairs that he is a paraplegic.

The Justice Department said that William Rich, 41, of Windsor Mill, Maryland, was granted 100 percent disability from the VA in 2007 based on falsely claiming paralysis in his “lower extremities,” resulting in more than $1 million in benefits and compensation being paid out.

Rich also received grants from the VA for “Automobile and Adaptive Equipment” and “Specially Adapted Housing.” Rich is accused of using the funds intended to purchase a specially adapted vehicle to buy a BMW 645ci luxury sports coupe.

Rich served in the Army from Sept. 22, 1998, to Feb. 27, 2007, and was injured on Aug. 23, 2005, while serving in Baqubah, Iraq, according to a Justice Department release.

However, according the release, approximately six weeks after Rich’s injuries, he had begun to recover and was no longer paralyzed. Specifically, a report from Rich’s Oct. 7, 2005, annual physical examination stated that an MRI on Aug. 24, 2005, revealed “no [spinal] cord impingement” or “[spinal] cord abnormalities.” Further, it noted that Rich’s “…paralysis has resolved somewhat, and at present, he is able to move his lower extremities.”

A subsequent report from Dec. 5, 2006, indicated Rich was able to perform certain essential daily activities with “complete independence” or “modified independence” such as using the bathroom and “locomotion.”

However, during a VA pension and compensation exam conducted on Oct. 11, 2007, the examining physician stated, “Since his accident, he has been paralyzed in both lower extremities; has been confined to a wheelchair….”

The examining physician also that he did not have access to Rich’s complete medical records at the time of his VA examination. Additionally, the physician stated he did not review Rich’s medical history, nor did he order an x-ray because he “did not feel that it was worth the trauma to him of manipulating him around.”

And they say VA doctors are shitty… Perhaps the doctor needs to use the Ricky Bobby paralysis test;

But wait! Like a Ron Popeil infomercial, there’s more!

In 2018 the VA inspector general learned of conduct by Rich that was inconsistent with his purported paralysis and launched an audit, according to the release. Over the next two years, special agents followed and surveilled Rich and observed him walking, going up and down stairs, entering and exiting vehicles, lifting, bending, and carrying items — all without a wheelchair or “visible limitation.”

Additionally, VA special agents only observed Rich use a wheelchair in only connection with his VA appointments.

According to the release, a further review of Rich’s public social media accounts showed multiple images of Rich standing, with nothing to indicate he was wheelchair-bound. Agents also found videos of Rich lifting weights, along with an image Rich took of himself standing in front of a gym mirror.

Rich was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property. On Oct. 13, he had an initial appearance in United States District Court in Baltimore and was ordered to be released pending trial.

Rich has been assigned a federal public defender to represent him in this case. That office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If convicted, Rich faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for wire fraud and a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for theft of government property.

Category: "Teh Stoopid", Army, Crime, Veterans' Affairs Department

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  1. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    Well, if he WANTS to be paralyzed, that can be arranged. For real, this time.

    But really, what difference, at this point, does it make?
    It’s not like a million dollars is actually worth….a million dollars. Any more, it’s just electrons in a computer, too easy turn it on and crank out another million in “credit”.

    • robert kendall says:

      um, a million bucks is still a million bucks, what you so rich you cant see that?

      • Hondo says:

        Might want to check your sarcasm detector – it appears to be malfunctioning.

        • President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

          Yep. Oh-Dark-Too-Damn-Early, approximately 0500 local. Too much blood in my caffeine stream. Forgot to add the (/s) tag at the end.

          Thx Hondo.

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Scum like this piss me off no end.

  3. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    And he’s just the extra-sloppy one who got caught, there are far many more still profiting from their con games.

    • rgr769 says:

      Yeah, what about Wilted Willy’s corrupt brother who faked service in the Viet of the Nam, when he was making dentures on Okinawa. He’s been drawing 100% VA disability for over 30 years.

      • ChipNASA says:

        He needs to be hung by his nads and hit repeatedly with a blow torch.
        Then, as is always my go to…Scaphism
        (Ah, ancient Persia, the predecessor for the Taliban)

  4. Carlton says:

    Garbage like this should be executed.

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    He should at least pull up his pants.

  6. MustangCryppie says:

    My cousin was a private detective in the NYC area. He primarily worked insurance fraud cases. He told me that caused him to lose all faith in humanity.

    • rgr769 says:

      We had a classic Workers Comp insurance fraud case in my office. A prison guard was shot on a during the night on a city street. The bullet hit his spine, resulting in his paralysis from the waist down. He claimed it was work related because the person who shot him was a former inmate with whom he had a beef years earlier in his prison unit. At a recess in his deposition, the defense attorney went back to his office and discovered a copy of the subpoenaed police report of the shooting in his inbox. It read that the shooting was the result of the guard’s confrontation with a man who was extremely irate over the fact that the guard’s condom broke when the guard was having sex with the dude’s wife at a partner swapping club. So, the sidewalk shooting had nothing to do with his employment.

      My favorite part is when the prison guard continued to lie in his depo until confronted with the police report where he told the truth about the wife swapping, the condom breaking, and the resulting argument at the sex club. The depo transcript was a real hit in the office.

      Needless to say, he didn’t get his massive seven figure payout of comp benefits. (The defense attorney was planning to settle his case right after the depos were completed.) Instead he and his wife, who helped perpetrate the fraud, got a fully government paid trip to the graybar hotel for several years.

  7. Topgoz says:

    Dr. Emile Shauffhausen Would have figured this fraud out.

    https://m.youtube.com/watchv=14nilke-mtQ&feature=youtu.be

  8. Tallywhagger says:

    Maybe he can “retire” to a nice federal prison, with a gym.

  9. MustangCryppie says:

    “ Over the next two years…”

    It took the “Special” Agents TWO YEARS to figure out this guy could walk?!!!

    Seems to me another investigation needs to happen.

    • Mustang Major says:

      A couple of possibilities may come into play for the length of the investigation:

      The government may not have placed a priority on the case. Coffee breaks, vacations, and chasing down Jan 6 insurrectionists may have slowed down the investigation.

      The government may have waited on more severe or additional infractions by William Rich to stack the charges against him. His adaptive house may have pushed them into action.

      A Windsor Mill (Baltimore suburb), current and prior residence become apparent if you Google his name. A Google maps street view shows the current home, with a handicap mobility service van parked in the driveway. One of the charges against Rich involves fraud concerning “Special Adapted Housing.” I doubt if the “special agents” knew about the adaptive house deal in advance, but they knew they had a lock when they uncovered the house.

      • ChipNASA says:

        I believe a particular part of Richs’ anatomy is about to become “Special Adapted Housing”, and he’s going to *WISH* he were paralyzed from the waist down. 😀 😀
        Oh look, they’re serving up chocolate starfish, AGAIN, like 8-10 times a day. Seems the GenPop doesn’t get tired of that meal.

      • Berliner says:

        Given the mobility service company van parked in the driveway at his current address I wonder if he was also an employee. He did upgrade from an apartment to a house. Also, that apartment would require navigating those steps, no ramp, from the parking lot to the front door.

    • Anonymous says:

      Rode the short bus…

  10. Mustang Major says:

    Three thoughts on William Rich:

    1. If William “I can’t feel my toes” Rich held on to the BMW once the warranty passed, the BMW dealership ended up with a lot of the VA’s money.

    2. He more than likely had a handicap parking tag. Bad enough, but if he took a flight out of BWI, he had a great, but undeserved, parking spot.

    3. Judging by the photo, William Rich skipped a lot of leg days. He could tell the judge his paralysis prevented a decent leg workout.

  11. ninja says:

    On top of that, Rich (what an ironic name) also received more than $240,000 in Social Security Administration (SSA) Disability Insurance Benefit payments as well as Special Monetary and Caregiver Assistance Compensation and Medical Care and Subsidies for Medical Equipment:

    “Maryland United States Army Veteran Facing Federal Charges for Falsely Claiming to be a Paraplegic in Order to Obtain More Than $1 Million Dollars in Government Disability Benefits”

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/maryland-united-states-army-veteran-facing-federal-charges-falsely-claiming-be-paraplegic

    In the meantime, SFC Alwyn Cashe’s Family has YET to receive his Well-Deserved Medal of Honor from Joe Biden and Crew…nor has Joe Biden had a Physical…🤔

    gabn/hbtd/rtr

  12. Looks like Rich got Rich off of the VA.

  13. ninja says:

    Our very own AW1Ed posted this over two years ago (September 2019) about 3 Family members from Maryland…have yet to see any updates (they frauded the VA as well).

    BTW, for MarineCorpsDad61 (it is Public Information), both Mary Francis Biggs and her “Disabled” Husband, Billy Biggs, Jr. from Maryland, have Facebook accounts if you are interested on how they depict themselves on social media.

    Billy Biggs, Jr acts as if nothing is going on. Looks as if Mary Biggs still bakes and sells decorated cakes.

    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=90930

    “Three people are accused of stealing $820,000 in V.A. benefits as part of a benefits fraud scheme.”

    “According to an indictment, Angela Marie Farr, 33, of Leonardtown organized of a conspiracy in which she submitted false and fraudulent documents to the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) claiming that her then-husband, Michael Pace,39, also of Leonardtown, and her father, (who is listed as Individual 1 in the indictment) were homebound and required full-time assistance and disability compensation. However, during the period he was purportedly disabled Pace raised his three children and regularly exercised at a local CrossFit gym.”

    “Farr’s mother, Mary Biggs, 62, of Lexington Park, conspired with Farr to file fraudulent documents on behalf of Individual 1. Farr exaggerated Individual 1’s disabilities to the point the VA determined that Individual 1 could not handle his own finances and appointed Biggs as Individual 1’s fiduciary. Despite these claims, Individual 1 was healthy enough to be employed as a division head at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland.”

    “Farr was herself a Navy veteran, serving from August 2, 2005 to April 19, 2007.”

    “On October 6, 2009, Farr received a service-connected disability rating of 70% based on fraudulent documentation she submitted, which purported that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from an incident in which she was raped by another serviceman.”

    “Farr admitted to local law enforcement to fabricating the incident. Farr also claimed to the VA that she suffered a traumatic brain injury from an on-duty car accident, which was also determined to be a fabrication.”

    “Ultimately, the VA increased Farr’s service-connected disability rating to 100% based on additional fraudulent documentation she submitted. As a result, Farr received approximately $390,000 from the VA to which she was not entitled. During the period she claimed to be disabled, Farr operated a social media marketing company based in Leonardtown.”

    “Farr is also charged with stealing the identity of a physician identified in the indictment as “Doctor 1” when she submitted forged documents to the VA purportedly authored by that physician. Farr is also charged with social security fraud for fraudulently receiving $35,000 in Social Security Disability Insurance”.

  14. ninja says:

    About Billy Biggs:

    “Logistician Develops Integrated Team, Receives Nega Award”

    https://www.navair.navy.mil/node/16041

    “NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Education and relationships are essential to providing world-class support to the fleet. That’s according to Billy Biggs, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Supportability Test and Evaluation (ST&E) Branch (AIR 6.7.1.8) manager. Biggs, who is responsible for policies, tools, guidance and procedures related to ST&E, recently received the Daniel L. Nega Excellence in Logistics Leadership Award at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.”

  15. Claw says:

    According to my calculations, WW’s brother David “Doc” Shrum, the combat denture technician, is now up to $1,694,088.00 in VA compensation.

    Now that they nabbed this turd after only 14 years, it’s time for the VA Special Agents to redouble their efforts and end his 46 year scam.

    • ChipNASA says:

      Yeah!!!!$$
      We need this fuck to spend his last days locked up.

      https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=61555

      COME ON PEOPLE, LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!
      For Willy.
      FOR. US. ALL!!!!!!

    • ninja says:

      Claw NAILED THIS…!!!

      Also…without mentioning names…

      For the life of me, I STILL don’t understand how someone on Social Media can self-identify to others that he is a “Disabled Vietnam War Veteran”; braggs about collecting 100 VA Disability; self identifies as either an E5 or E8 (he was never an E8..he got in trouble as an E5 and was reduced in rank to an E4 and was discharged after serving 9 years); “asked” to leave two “Soldiers Homes”; self identifies as having a Combat Arms MOS that he only “worked” in for 2 months because his Chain of Command had to put him in a temporary slot before he was discharged even though in reality he was trained and worked in a CSS MOS and never was trained in that Combat Arms MOS; self-identifies as someone who rappelled from a Chopper by wearing a Qualification Badgd, yet never attended the school to earn that Badge; wears the Infantry Blue Cord of Doom because he went to Basic Training; wears Green Tabs even though he never was in a Leadership position; relies on getting Free Meals from his local Meals On Wheels; is EXTREMELY OBESE, which can lead to back, knee, heart problems,etc, yet somehow was able to get more VA Disability for Agent Orange even though he was never exposed to it while in Vietnam; and last, BRAGS on Social Media on what he ordered from a Popular Food Chain to consume at ONE sitting: (1) Italian Sandwich with EXTRA Pepparoni, EXTRA Provolone Cheese (2) 16 Piece Parmasan Bread Bites (3) 10 Pieces Boneless Chicken With Blue Cheese (4) Marbled Cookie Brownies (5) Medium 12 Inch Hand Toss Pizza with EXTRA cheese, EXTRA Pepporoni, EXTRA Italian Sausage.

      All to be eaten at one sitting….He does not work.

      Yes, that is HIS choice, HIS Freedom on what he wants to eat. HOWEVER, MY TAX Dollars are paying for his “Disability” so he can eat that type of meal..and get other free stuff…

      He was never wounded in Vietnam or injured in any of his other assignments…his “Disbility” was self inflicted..i.e. continous over consumption of high calorie foods…and because of his EXTREME Obesity, he is also being medically treated by the VA by MY Tax Dollars for heart, back, knee problems, etc due to this type of diet for years.

      And in the meantime, I have met and personally became aquainted/friends with Vietnam POWs WHO ARE OLDER THAN HIM and PHYSICALLY WENT THRU HELL, but are in GREAT SHAPE..and don’t go around Social Media with the “LOOK AT ME!” attitude or even self identify as a “Disabled Vietnam War Veteran”..

      🤔

      • rgr769 says:

        I think the fellow you are mentioning worked as a radio wrencher and spent most of is time in the Viet of the Nam at a test bench. I was actually in defoliated jungle for a couple of weeks, and possibly have a little PTS of D from picking up pieces of a couple of my people killed by a booby trapped 105mm arty round. But I have only received my GI bill benefits from the VA. Fortunately for those of us that pay taxes, most veterans don’t make fraudulent VA claims, but the VA’s failure to investigate and prosecute the many that do is shameful.

        • SFC D says:

          I’ve seen this particular individual pop up in another forum from time to time, I’m willing to bet he’s still lurking here. A disgrace to my beloved Signal Corps.

      • Yes, I did order that food from Domino’s, but no, it’s not to be eaten at one sitting, but is stored in my refrigerator until later on, as “Meals on Wheels” doesn’t deliver on weekends and holidays.

        At the “Week of the Eagles”, the 101st Airborne began issuing an Honorary Air Assault Badge to every veteran who completed the SERTS course in Viet Nam.

        It is documented that every veteran who served in Northern I Corps was exposed to Agent Orange, and the VA determined that I’m 60% Service Connected for the effects.

        They also awarded me a 50% Service Connection for PTSD.

        My total Service Connection is 90%.

        No, I actually spent very little time in the Electronics Maintenance Shop, being assigned numerous other duties, including participation in Lam Son 719 and Lam Son 720.

        I received the Infantry Branch blue shoulder cord for successfully completing an OJT Infantry MOS 11D20 while assigned to a Mechanized Infantry unit, the 2/12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.

        I thought I was in the Army 9 years, but because I was employed by the Army as a civilian, they gave me another medal for having served at least 10 years.

        I was awarded the green Team Leader shoulder tabs because I was the leader of a Scout Team.

        I was injured while on duty at Fort Hood, which I thought was minor, but now has me totally disabled.

        I have a diploma from the United States Army Institute For Professional Development identifying me as a First Sergeant, plus a Letter of Commendation from the Utah State Guard identifying me as a First Sergeant.

        Yes, I was busted from Sergeant to Corporal for Insubordination.

        Yes, I was kicked out of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi.

        I was never kicked out of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.

        I was employed until Social Security gave me a Disability Pension, which forbid me to work, and in fact, I got in trouble for continuing to work, forfeiting the pension for several months until the issue was resolved.

        Well, let’s see, what other libel and slander allegations should I address?

        Gosh, gee whillikers, there’s so many, I can’t even remember them all!

        It’s too bad that those who do the accusing were not with me in Viet Nam, or at Fort Hood, Texas, and aren’t as familiar with Army regulations or Customs and Traditions of the Service.

        I don’t reckon I owe anyone any apology, and in fact, all of this libel and slander is not even entitled to a response or explanation, although, out of a sense of civil courtesy, this response is being posted.

        It’s sad that fellow soldiers and war veterans would do such things to each other.

        • SFC D says:

          Aaaaaand up popped the devil!

        • By the way, as you can plainly see, I sign all of my posts using my real name, location, and e-mail address, because I don’t considerate it honorable to hide behind fake identities.

          So, y’all are welcome to come visit any ol’ time.

        • 5JC says:

          JRM- You seem to be confused about a few things.

          First Sergeant rank is based upon assigned position not some piece of paper you get from some course. Green Leader Tabs also are worn based upon being assigned as a Leader and are worn when you are working in an assigned leadership position. These are not permanent awards. Military awards are generally not awarded for civilian employees and in fact are mostly not allowed at all.

          Agent Orange “exposure” is presumed by the VA for pretty much everyone who served in Vietnam from 62-75, not any special unit. Exposure doesn’t really mean a whole lot.

          Honorary awards and skill badges are not military awards and are not worn on military uniforms.

          Lots of other idiocy in your post this just a primer.

          • rgr769 says:

            Well I served in I corps and spent a significant amount of my fifteen months in the boonies. The entire country of the RVN was not contaminated with Agent Orange. The VA likely created that presumption because it was easier than trying to sort out all the fraudulent claims of exposure to defoliants, including Agent Orange. One could easily see the areas that were defoliated in any helicopter ride to an insertion. So, I’ll rely on my own lyin’ eyes instead of some presumption made up by some bureaucrats stateside years after we exited Vietnam. I also logged quite a few hours in the back seat of an OV-10 so, I saw a goodly portion of I Corps from that vantage point, as well.

            • Mason says:

              Never underestimate the power of a good Congressional lobbying effort. My old man’s getting all kinds of crap treated at the VA due to Agent Orange “exposure” (he never left Saigon and never saw the stuff). Now his diabetes of all things is considered AO-related.

              • 26Limabeans says:

                Same with a local Marine friend that was in my I Corps area same time.
                His diabetes was an automatic 30% forty years later.
                I told him to keep appealing it…..

        • SFC D says:

          “I have a diploma from the United States Army Institute For Professional Development identifying me as a First Sergeant, plus a Letter of Commendation from the Utah State Guard identifying me as a First Sergeant”.

          That and 5 bucks buys a small coffee at Starbucks. Show me promotion orders. Official promotion orders. The ones issued by Department of the Army. You are not now, nor have you ever been, a First Sergeant.

        • Claw says:

          Re: the 101st Airborne began issuing an Honorary Air Assault Badge to [ every ] veteran who completed the SERTS course in Viet Nam.

          False.

          Issued only by written application and meeting ALL the criteria. If you applied and got a all-new Honorary Certificate from them, then you lied on the application.

          You’re still trying to justify your wearing of that Bullwinkle Badge through falsehoods.

          • 5JC says:

            The 101st Association is issuing Honorary skill badges. They specify:

            “It is something you can wear with your civvies”.

            https://www.ripcordassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/126-Ripcord-Report.pdf

            Although having looked at his book of fake I don’t see any legitimate uniforms that JRM is actually wearing with his medals. In fact if I saw him wearing that stuff in public I’d assume he hit up a Goodwill Store or cleaned out the dumpster behind it and slapped that stuff on because it fit. I’d then direct him to the nearest homeless shelter for a bowl of soup and a bed for the night.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s my guys who’re retiring because they’re “broke” but still do outsized sh*t otherwise.

      Them: I’m medically retiring with 100% VA disability so I can focus on being a cop and get on the SWAT team.
      Me: Wait, what? Isn’t that the same? Don’t they object?

  16. ninja says:

    It is so obvious that Billy Biggs, SR is the “disabled husband” ,i.e. “Indivudual 1″mentioned in this official DOJ report:

    “Maryland Residents Facing Federal Charges For Stealing Over $820,000 In V.A. Benefits Fraud Scheme..
    Family Members Were Falsely Claiming Disability Benefits From The Department Of Veterans Affairs”:

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/maryland-residents-facing-federal-charges-stealing-over-820000-va-benefits-fraud-scheme

    “Farr, Pace, and Individual 1 purported to be wheelchair-bound and to require in-home nursing to accomplish everyday tasks due to their claimed service-connected injures. However, during the period they were purportedly disabled, Farr operated a social media marketing company based in Leonardtown, Maryland, Pace raised his three children and regularly exercised at a local CrossFit gym, and Individual 1 was employed as a division head at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland”

    “The five-count indictment alleges that Farr served as the organizer of a conspiracy in which she submitted false and fraudulent documents to the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) claiming that Farr, her then-husband, Michael Pace, and her father, Individual 1, were homebound and required full-time assistance and disability compensation. Farr’s mother, Mary Biggs, conspired with Farr to file fraudulent documents on behalf of Individual 1, and, when Farr so exaggerated Individual 1’s disabilities that the VA determined that Individual 1 could not handle his own finances, appointed Biggs as Individual 1’s fiduciary.”

    “A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Angela Marie Farr, a/k/a Angela Pace, Angela Mullins, and Angela Biggs, age 33, of Leonardtown, Maryland; Michael Vincent Pace, age 39, of Leonardtown, Maryland, and Mary Francis Biggs, age 62, of Lexington Park, Maryland with conspiracy and theft of government property.”

    I find it very hard to believe that Billy Biggs, SR. had no clue what was going on.

  17. Arby says:

    Let’s not forget how much the VA wasted investigating him for over two years. Just how many photos and videos of him walking around do you need to go to court?

    • rgr769 says:

      Yes, these types of fraud are very expensive to investigate. On several of my defense cases where I thought it was warranted, I had to get special approval for surveillance from three levels above the claims adjuster to whom, I was reporting. It usually requires a van, two investigators and surveillance all day long for more than a week.

      On one of my cases, I had the investigator surveil the plaintiff and his wife in the parking lot of the medical office where he had an exam. Unfortunately, there was a national news TV show about these insurance fraudsters and how they are caught by surveillance that aired the weekend before my fakers went to the medical appointment. The dude and his wife obviously suspected they were being watched and possibly filmed by their behavior in the parking lot that day. He hobbled around very convincingly with his walker and his wife’s assistance. A few month later, I received rather convincing video taken at his home when he took out the garbage and loaded heavy items into the back of his pickup.

  18. Hondo says:

    Hopefully some of this “fine individual’s” cellmates will have close family members that actually are paraplegics. If so, that should prove . . . interesting for him.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The bureaucrats won’t get the reference, but:

  20. ninja says:

    Check This Out:

    “Buncombe Co. Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Nearly $1 Million In Veteran Benefits Based On Fraudulent Service-Connected Disabilities”

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdnc/pr/buncombe-co-man-pleads-guilty-receiving-nearly-1-million-veteran-benefits-based

    “Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer announced that John Paul Cook, 57, of Alexander, N.C. appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Carleton Metcalf on Monday, July 19, 2021, and pleaded guilty to defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) by receiving nearly $1 million in veteran benefits based on fraudulent claims of service-connected disabilities.”

    “According to the criminal indictment, filed plea documents and admissions made in court, Cook enlisted in the United States Army (the Army) in November 1985. Court documents show that six months later Cook sustained an accidental injury while on duty. Following the incident, Cook complained that as a result of the accident and injuries he sustained, a preexisting eye condition had worsened. In 1987, following a medical evaluation, Cook was discharged, placed on the retired list, and began receiving VA disability-based compensation at a rate of 60%. Over the next 30 years, Cook’s disability-based compensation increased, following Cook’s repeated false claims of increased visual impairment and unemployability due to “severe visual deficit.” As Cook admitted in court, in 2005, based on his claims of severe visual impairment, the VA declared Cook legally blind and he began receiving disability-based compensation at the maximum rate. Cook also began to receive additional benefits, including Special Monthly Compensation (an extra monetary allowance paid to a qualifying veteran due to the severity of his disability), Specially Adapted Housing (a grant that goes toward paying for adaptations in a new home
    Special Housing Adaptation (a grant that goes toward remodeling an existing home).”

    “According to court records, Cook’s monthly VA disability payments in 1987 were $1,411 per month. With the incremental increases in his disability rating, as well as cost-of-living adjustments and his Special Monthly Compensation, these payments steadily increased over the years. By 2016, the monthly payment had risen to $3,990. In total, from 1987 through 2017, Cook received approximately $978,138 in VA disability payments due to his claimed blindness, to which he was not lawfully entitled.”

    “According to admissions reflected in plea documents, contrary to Cook’s filed claims with the VA for additional disability claims and his complaints of increased visual impairment, Cook repeatedly passed vision screening tests to renew or obtain a driver’s license in North and South Carolina. Furthermore, during the relevant time period, court documents show that Cook purchased and registered over 30 different motor vehicles which Cook routinely drove, including on long-distance trips and to perform errands. Court records further show that, from 2010 to 2016, during a time period that Cook was receiving maximum VA disability benefits for his visual impairment, Cook was actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), including serving as a Den Leader and a Cubmaster. Among the courses the defendant completed with the BSA were courses qualifying him to be a range officer for BB guns and for archery. He was also certified for land navigation, which involves reading maps and using a compass.”

  21. Graybeard says:

    And when I think of the grief Airborne Son gets from the VA and the administrative f*ck-ups he has had to deal with…

    …yeah, I could help this William Rick become a paraplegic without any qualms.

  22. ninja says:

    And check out this story…with pictures…

    “Fayetteville Veteran Who Pleaded Guilty To Fraud, Ordered To Give Scooter Back Speaks Out”

    https://www.fayobserver.com/story/news/2021/01/26/fayetteville-veteran-ordered-give-scooter-back-says-hes-disabled/6656450002/

    “A Purple Heart veteran who pleaded guilty in June to defrauding the Veterans Administration and was sentenced this month, said the charges against him are not true.”

    “Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder sentenced Willie Dosher Cain to five years of probation and ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service, after he pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in June.”

    “Cain was also ordered to pay more than $903,000 in restitution and to forfeit a modified van and mobility scooter.”

    “As far as pleading guilty, this I did and you must remember that there are many in the U.S. who have done the same but were innocent,” Cain, 74, said in a statement emailed to The Fayetteville Observer.”

    “According to documents filed with the court, Cain told VA officials shrapnel wounds sustained in Vietnam in 1965 caused him to suffer the loss of the use of both legs, and to lose control of his bowel and bladder.”

    “He also told officials he was unable to perform daily activities such as dressing and bathing without assistance, and that he was dependent on a wheelchair or motorized scooter for mobility.”

    “Officials said because Cain remained physically active, does not suffer the loss of both legs and can perform daily functions unaided, he made fraudulent claims.”

    “I never claimed that I cannot walk but used a chair or cane occasionally because of mobility problems,” he said.”

    “Cain said he is a spinal cord injury patient who has mobility problems “at times,” and is a 27-year veteran with three combat tours who received the Purple Heart because he was wounded with shrapnel in his backside during a deployment to Vietnam.”

    “Court records state in February 1965, he was struck in the buttocks during combat in the Vietnam War.”

    “He served in the Army from 1964 to 1991 and was honorably discharged as a command sergeant major.”

    “The indictment said Cain claimed he was “dependent on a wheelchair and wheelchair-bound since 2009, but worked as a firearms instructor “enjoyed beach activities, played basketball, danced and conducted an otherwise active lifestyle.”

    “Prior to Cain’s plea in June, his lawyer filed a motion seeking to dismiss photo and video evidence of him dancing, going to the beach and playing basketball.”

    “The mere fact that the videos and photographs illustrate single moments of (Cain’s) physical movement does not fully represent the extent of (his) disability,” his attorney wrote.”

    “Court documents said that Whitted would testify that if Cain’s injuries were to the extent of his claim, he would have limited movement abilities and should not be able to “climb stairs, conduct firearms training, serve on a church security team or dance.”

    Not dishonoring his service in any way, but please remenber there are others who lost their limbs because of our Country’s wars who need these medical benefits and VA Disability income, unlike this guy or the EXTREME Obese Dude I mentioned before who is getting 100% VA Disability at our Tax Dollar expense all because he consistantly chooses to eat very high calorie Chain Fast Food meals instead of eating healthier and losing the weight AND at the same time, receives free meals from Meals On Wheels.

    • ninja says:

      “This Fayetteville Veteran Will Have To Return His Scooter, Other Assets After Defrauding VA Of Almost $1M”

      https://www.fayobserver.com/story/news/2021/01/09/fayetteville-veteran-sentenced-obtaining-almost-1-m-va-benefits/6590361002/

      “A Fayetteville veteran will have to return a scooter and was sentenced this week for defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs of almost $1 million in assets, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced.”

      “Cain was also ordered to pay $903,668.08 in restitution, was issued a $150,000 forfeiture money judgment, and forfeited $155,041.30 in cash, a modified 2018 Toyota Sienna van and a mobility scooter, officials said.”

      “In a related civil forfeiture action, Cain forfeited a Carolina Beach condominium, officials said.”

      “A,2017 Fayetteville Observer article identified Cain as serving in the Army for 27 years, including two tours in Vietnam and deployment to Saudi Arabia, before retiring as the senior enlisted leader of the 30th Engineer Battalion on Fort Bragg in 1991.”

      “According to documents filed with the court, Cain told VA officials shrapnel wounds sustained in Vietnam in 1965 caused him to suffer the loss of the use of both legs and bowel and bladder control loss.”

      “He also told officials he was unable to perform daily activities such as dressing and bathing without assistance, and that he was dependent on a wheelchair or motorized scooter for mobility.”

      “Court documents state Cain maintained an active lifestyle, including working as a firearms and concealed carry instructor, enjoying beach activities, playing basketball, dancing, and attending social events.”

      “He also bought a condominium at Carolina Beach on the third floor of a building that had no elevator, officials said.”

      “The investigation revealed that as a result of his false claims, Cain received hundreds of thousands of dollars of VA benefits to which he was not entitled, in the form of direct payments for aid and attendance, modifications to his home, and the purchase and adaptation of vehicles.”

      • 5JC says:

        Straight up greed. Getting retired E9 and retired LEO pay and it still wasn’t enough. No wonder the wife was stepping out and threw him under the bus.

    • MarineDad61 says:

      ninja,
      Check out his GoFraudMe….
      Blames his ex wife,
      and much, much more.

      He cut his face out of his E-9 CSM Bronze Star Purple Heart photo.
      https://www.gofundme.com/f/27-year-army-disable-veteran-willie-owes-us-govt

      • MarineDad61 says:

        ninja,
        BONUS – There are NO LETTERS on the black lamicoid name tag.
        Yellow flags just interrupted my late lunch.
        Phony Alert. Phony Alert.

      • MarineDad61 says:

        More….
        Full photo AND shadow box here.
        He has a medal HIGHER than Bronze Star, too??
        https://www.fayobserver.com/story/news/2021/01/26/fayetteville-veteran-ordered-give-scooter-back-says-hes-disabled/6656450002/

      • ninja says:

        Saw the EXACT same thing, MarineDad61…

        Always someone elses fault…right?

        What ever happened to “I Take Responsibilty For My Own Actions/Decisions?”

        You Reap What Sow.

        😎😉

        Thank You for sharing and posting! Still ticked off at that “Disabled Vietnam War Veteran”…the EXTREME OBESE Dude who claims to be a “Conservative” and “Christian”, yet has no problem getting “Freebies” from hard working Tax Payers and continues to lie/embellish about his Military service/awards/qualification badges to others on Social Media.

        • rgr769 says:

          Bullwinkle Boy is nothing compared to the frauds of CSM Cayton. Although, I wasn’t aware of his claims of VA disability. There is no way he could have acquired the dreaded PTS of D in that Division base camp. No one even carried weapons inside division base camps, unless you were on the bunker line just inside the perimeter wire and fencing. They were so secure, it was almost like being on a base stateside.

        • MarineDad61 says:

          ninja,
          Locally,
          the 100% clubbers have a tendency to do 2 things….
          Take 2 trips…
          Pick up a new Harley at the dealer.
          Pick up a new wife in the Philippines.
          In 1 case, the Harley actually lasted longer than the wife.
          Both turned out to be high maintenance.
          But Harleys don’t up and leave on their own.
          (Possible exception in Elko, Nevada)

          But the ability to hold up and handle a Harley,
          and take 24,000 mile round trip flights,
          both seem to be not so difficult
          for those who otherwise claim to be not so employable.

    • rgr769 says:

      This guy is a fraudster, period. I would like to see a FOIA response for his service records. I bet he is sporting some ribbons and badges he didn’t earn. But he does know how to wear a period beret (one that wasn’t made in China with the diameter of a large pizza) properly, so he has that going for him.

      Also, how did he manage to serve for fifteen years as a police officer after 1991 when he left the service if he had all these service connected ailments? I note his attorney pulled the standard excuse when the client is caught on video doing physically demanding activities the client claims he can’t do because of his “disabilities.” That is: “Well, your honor, the investigators just happened to video him when he was having an extremely good day. You should see how impaired he is when he is having a bad day.”

      • 5JC says:

        He claimed he got worse AFTER being a LEO, like as soon as he retired.

        One of the best firearm instructors I knew did it from a wheelchair. But I never saw him dance or play basketball. It would have been tough without any legs.

        • rgr769 says:

          I’ll bet his orthopedic problems have more to do with wrestling with suspects as a cop than with his claimed parachute jumps. Many of the ex-cops I know have ortho problems that are result of people who would like to fight rather than get arrested.

  23. Skivvy Stacker says:

    It’s bad enough when a fake veteran does it. It’s 100 times worse when a REAL one does it.

  24. KoB says:

    It’s dirtbags like this (and the others listed in this thread) is why we can’t have nice things.

    I’m still waiting on my approval from my Door Gunner Tour of Duty on the Pegasus. Catched the PTSofD when the Q36 Modulator went down on the impulse cannon and I had to fight off Cylons with that rinky dinky 40 watt plasma rifle. It was almost as bad as Macho Grande. Still not over that. Send me monies!

  25. ninja says:

    To JRM:

    (1) You stated you were a 1SG/E8 with the Utah State Guard.

    You were with them from 25 July 1983 to 6 October 1984. You were “Discharged”.

    You were never in a Leadership Position.

    This is what the Deseret Newspaper said about the Utah State Guard in 1990:

    https://www.deseret.com/1990/12/23/18897443/utah-state-defense-force-ready-to-offer-its-limited-resources-in-a-time-of-war

    “Indeed, Matthews and others would just as soon the militia stay away from guns and aggressive missions following a purge of gung-ho “wackos” three years ago from what was then known as the Utah State Guard.”

    “During that time, the guard became a state-sanctioned-and-funded playground for a group of would-be commandos itching to play war.”

    “The force was poorly commanded, and some members twisted its docile custodial mission into one involving aggressive – and at times – bizarre training of young, inexperienced and sometimes questionable recruits.”

    “During 1984-86, its membership ballooned to more than 400 members, most without any prior military background.”

    “Its members included white supremacists with ties to the Aryan Nations Church in Hayden Lake, Idaho, convicted felons and some people with histories of mental illness.”

    The guard, without proper mission statement, was attracting some individuals – wackos, quite frankly – who tend to gravitate to certain kinds of missions, combat missions, law enforcement missions,” Matthews said in a 1987 interview.”

    “These types of people are `wannabe’ soldiers, `wannabe’ cops,” Matthews said in a 1987 interview. “They want to go out and play Rambo.”

    “The guard was reorganized in 1987 and given a new name to help it shed its old image.”

    Oddly enough, your “Diploma” that came from TRADOC, the US Army Training Support Center, Fort Eustis, VA dated 15th September 1984, was for a Correspondence Course that most likely you self identified as a “1SG/E8.” You were not with the US Army. You were an unrecognized “Militia” comprised of Volunteers or “former” Military Members.

    (2) When did you serve with the Utah NATIONAL GUARD?

    (3) When you registered with the US Army Museum (the ninja family are one of the Original “Founders” of the Museum), why did you self identify as a SERGEANT? You were never a SGT. You were a Specialist Five (SP5) who was discharged as a Specialist Four (SP4). Why did you lie?

    (4) You stated in a previous posting that read in an NCO Manuel that you were entitled to wear the Blue Infantry Cord. When was the last time you read AR 670-1 about who is authorized to wear the Cord…and when one as can wear the Cord? You were NEVER an Infantry Soldier, Combat Arms. You were a 31L20, trained out of Fort Gordan, GA. You were a Field Radio Relay Equipment Repairman. One of us in the ninja Family served 32 YEARS as the Queen of Battle. We know all about the ROE on the Blue Cord of Doom.

    (5) You were SIGNAL CORPS, yet you consistantly depict yourself as a “CAV” Soldier.

    WHY?

    You were with the CSC, 2/12th CAV, 1st CAV Division, Fort Hood as a 31L20 from June 6 1975 to July 1976. Then you were reduced in Rank from SP5 to SP4. You were on your way out the door of being discharged. Your unit had to temporary put you somewhere else until all the Admin paperwork was completed for your Discharge. You were no longer needed as a 31L20. Around 1 August 1976, you were put in an 11D20 slot in an “Assistant Squad Leader” slot identified on the MTOE. You were NOT in a Leadership position. You were discharged on 29 November 1976. You were credited with serving 9 years, not 10 years. YOU SERVED IN THAT 11D20 slot for about 3 MONTHS. You served as a 31L for over 8 YEARS.

    Are you ashamed of being Signal?

    (6) Both members of the ninja family were Platoon Leaders, Company Commanders, Battalion Commanders and Brigade Comma ders. We only wore those Green Tabs when we were in LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. Same with the Blue Cord. One EARNS that Cord as an INFANTRY SOLDIER..and one wears it when you are with an Infantry Unit…and when you left the unit, you took off the Cord.

    YOU WERE NEVER IN A LEADERSHIP POSITION THAT WAS OFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE US ARMY. YOU EMBELLISHED/LIED ABOUT YOUR ARMY RANK, WHICH WAS AN E4.

    You are the FIRST person I have seen wear the Blue Cord and Green Tabs on not only an outdated Khaki Shirt, but also a “Scottish” Outfit.

    (7). The Bullwinkle Badge? The one you have been wearing unathorized for years, to include on a Santa Claus suit…the QUALIFICATION BADGE that you wrote a letter to Fort Campbell around 1983/1984 asking for that Badge….and receiving an “Honorary” Certificate in April 1984?

    The one a member of the ninja family attended the Bullwinkle School, was the Honor Graduate AND served a the,Commander of the 1/503 IN BN (AASLT).

    Here is the ROE for the Badge. DOES NOT MENTION SERT:

    https://www.dvidshub.net/news/399828/honorary-air-assault-badges-awarded-vietnam-veterans

    “In order to be considered, the veterans must have been assigned or attached to a combat unit in the 101st Airborne Division, 101st Air Cavalry Division, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) or 1st Cavalry Division during the period from 1965 through 1972, serving in direct combat in a combat arms duty military occupational specialty, or while in a combat support military operational specialty assigned to a 101st or 1st Cavalry Division combat unit in Vietnam.”

    You were with the HHC, 501st Signal (AMBL), a unit under the 101st from 4 July 1970 to about January 1972. During that time, you took 30 days of leave in 1971. You were NOT in a Combat Arms MOS..you were a 31L20. What DIRECT COMBAT OPERATIONS WERE YOU WITH while with the 501st Signal?

    Then, you were transferred to the HHC & BAND, 101ST SUPPORT GROUP as a 31L20 around 15 January 1972 and returned to CONUS around 19 February 1972. What Direct Combat Mission Were You With?

    You only received Two (2) Good Conduct Medals.

    (8) You HAVE bragged about getting 100% Disabilty.

    (9) Ironically, my 90 year old Uncle, still living, served in the same AOR as you did in Vietnam…same time…as a Signal Corps NCO. I asked him about Agent Orange in that area. With a smile on his face, he said “Nope, never happened. Is someone trying to pull that stunt/lie to get VA Disabilty?”

    (10). Do you still tell others you have an Amatuer Radio License, KB3KWS? I thought your license expired in 2014.

    (11) If you want to help your physical afflictions, then perhaps use that FREE money from my Tax Dollars to eat healthier foods versus Dominoes. And live what you believe…if you are consertative as you depict yourself, please don’t go around depicting yourself as a “Disabled Vietnam War Veteran.” Be truthful what you did while in Vietnam. Share more of your service stories what you did in Germany, Korea, California and Texas AS A SIGNAL CORPS Soldier.

    Be proud of your AFEM for your short service in Korea. Be proud of your BSM and ARCOM for your service in Vietnam. Be proud of your NDSM, your VSM, your 2 Good Conduct Medals. Be proud you served as a Single Corps Soldier.

    You said you are a Disciple of Jesus. Please demonstrate that by telling the truth about your Military Service and by taking care of your health.

    Best To You, JRM.

    • Claw says:

      Additional question for JRM to answer:

      While you were a 1SG in the Utah State Guard, was COL Kenneth Crocheron your Commanding Officer?

      Please answer. Inquiring minds want to know./s

    • ChipNASA says:

      Man, I’m a retired Chairforce dude sitting over here on my laptop wrapping up for the day, reading this and *MY* Ass is stinging.
      Imagine what JRM feels like. Or not, because if you’re living the lie for quite the many years, it’s no biggie to go PhD on it, Piled Higher and Deeper.
      I talk shit about my service but I don’t feel the need to embellish it. I have an understanding of why folks do but personally I just can’t imagine doing it.
      I talk about killing the enemy and dropping bombs, SUCH AS (AS TO) dropping a gas bomb in the warehouse in MOPP 4 and choking out (almost) the Commander and First Sergeant. Methane don’t filter.
      Alright troops. See you tomorrow.

    • No, your information is inaccurate.

      But, I reckon there’s no point in arguing with you or belaboring the point.

      Xin loi.

    • rgr769 says:

      Ditto on the green leadership tabs. The only time I wore them was when I was a platoon leader, company commander, or SF ODA commander. When I was a battalion S-2, I did not wear them. Nor did I wear them when I was the asst S-3 for air ops of the 19th SFG(A). I also stopped wearing the Blue Rope of Doom when I was in SF, even though I was still branched an infantry officer, and that was the reg back when Bullwinkle Boi departed active duty in 1976.

  26. Although I am totally disabled, I think my health is improving, little by little.

    I’m trying to get my drivers license, but so far, there’s still concern over the present status of my health.

    But, I haven’t taken any Oxycodone for several days, and I can now stand up and walk for short distances without using my walker.

    I have cataracts in both eyes which require surgery, but I don’t know if the VA will approve it.

    Because of all the nerve damage, it’s tedious and difficult to type this message.

    Thus far, I have not contracted COVID-19, and I refuse to subject myself to the “vaccination”.

    The powered mobility cart issued by the VA seems to be failing, maybe because of the battery (i.e., it drains way too quickly)?

    The lift for that powered mobility cart that the VA had installed on the back of my pickup truck no longer works, and I don’t know why.

    But, the VA has been VERY good to me!

    CNAs visit me each week to assist with personal hygiene and light housekeeping, and a nurse visits each week to set out my medication, so I don’t accidentally overdose.

    The VA gave me enough income that I was able to buy furniture for my apartment, purchase gifts, and make charitable donations.

    I also have the support of members of my local ward in The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints (i.e., the “Mormon” church).

    I wish I had a dog, but everybody says I wouldn’t be able to care of one.

    All-in-all, I am VERY blessed, with so many blessings, I can’t even list them all (and I’ve actually tried to do that).

    I wish everybody, especially you guys, could be as well off as I am.

  27. ninja says:

    JRM:

    You also wrote:

    “I thought I was in the Army 9 years, but because I was employed by the Army as a civilian, they gave me another medal for having served at least 10 years.”

    “I was awarded the green Team Leader shoulder tabs because I was the leader of a Scout Team.”

    “I was injured while on duty at Fort Hood, which I thought was minor, but now has me totally disabled.”

    “I have a diploma from the United States Army Institute For Professional Development identifying me as a First Sergeant, plus a Letter of Commendation from the Utah State Guard identifying me as a First Sergeant.”

    (1) You were not awarded another “Medal” by the US Army when you were a Civilian for have serving 10 years. You received a Department of Army Certificate of Service in June 1978 for serving 10 years of active Federal Service. The certificate was given to you by a US Army Major, Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. You were already Discharged from the US Army late November/early December 1976. You took a break from the Army for about 3-4 months in 1973 after you returned from Korea before reporting to Fort Hood, Texas (Re-Enlistment). A Certificate of Service IS NOT a Medal. Since you mentioned “Medal”, what WAS the Medal?

    (2) You were NOT a Leader of a “Scout Team”. You were slotted in an 11D20 slot identified as an “Assisant Squad Leader” as a SP4 for about 3 months awaiting to be discharged from the Army. Am speculating that in reality, you were listed in that MTOE slot for less than 3 months because of time you had to spend outprocessing plus you may have taken leave until you cashed in your leave.

    And guess what? Once a Soldier has completed a Leadership position (which you never held the entire 9 years you were in the US Army, those Green Tabs come off. They are not part of a “permanent” uniform. And definitely should not be worn on an outdated US Army Khaki Short Sleeve Shirt or on a “Scottish ” outfit.

    (3) You did not receive a Letter of Commendation from the Utah State Guard identifying you as a “First SGT”. You received a “Discharge” “Letter” for your time with the Utah State Guard that thanked you for “serving” with them from July 1983 to 6 October 1984. The Utah State Guard was not recognized or affliated with the US Army or the Utah National Guard. It became known as an unorganized State Defense Force for Utah AFTER you were “discharged in 1984. It is now Inactive. You were only with the Utah State Guard for over a year. Why?

    (4) When were you with the Utah National Guard?

    (5) You were at Fort Hood in December 1973 as a 31L20 with Company D, 16th Signal BN. In July 1974, you became part of the HHC, 16th Signal BN. You then became a member of A Troop/1st Squad, 9th Cav and C Trpl/9th Cav as a 31L20 in April 1975. You were then sent to CSC2/12th Cav under the 1st Cav from June 1975 as a 31L20 until July 1976…and then was slotted in August 1976 in a 11D20 slot as an “Assistant Squad Leader” after you were reduced from a SP5 to a SP4. You were Discharged from the Army in late November/early December 1976. You said you were injured at Fort Hood which now has you totally disabled. May I please ask how you were injured at Fort Hood that you are “totally disabled?” You have contradicted yourself. You wrote “The VA determined that I’m 60% Service Connected for the effects of Agent Orange.
    They also awarded me a 50% Service Connection for PTSD.
    My total Service Connection is 90%.”

    50% plus 60% equals 110%, not 90%.

    There was no Agent Orange at Fort Hood.

    PTSD from Fort Hood? That is what you implied. PTSD from what? Or was it from Vietnam…and what caused your PTSD that you are getting VA Disability? I thought you had mental issues BEFORE you joined the Army? Also, I never heard of anyone “asking” to be “drafted” into the US Army…but yet, that is the story you have shared throughout the years with others.

    (6) Your back, neck, knee and heart problems are most likely related to your obesity. Your obesity is most likely related to your choice of what you consume…your calorie intake, your diet. You identify yourself on Social Media as a “Disabled Vietnam War Veteran” which is very misleading to others considering you were not wounded or injured in Vietnam. Your “Disabilty” was self inflicted AFTER you were dis charged.

    Why can’t you self-identified as a former Signal Corps Soldier who proudy served in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, Caliornia and Texas?

    • MarineDad61 says:

      ninja,
      Good morning.
      Never heard of this guy before yesterday.
      It didn’t take long to find his Twitter.
      And his Tube of You.

      So, I’ll just leave this here…
      (Shadow box and ribbon rack on civvies included.)

      [CODED MESSAGES FOR THE REBEL FORCES:
      For the Rebel troops presently operating
      within the District of Columbia,
      here are your messages:
      “The rear tire on the truck is nearly flat.”
      REPEAT:]
      [Mar 31, 2010]

      • 26Limabeans says:

        “repeat” is never used in that context.
        It is “I say again”.

        That seemingly minor detail is a major indicator of this
        guys bullshit.

        • MarineDad61 says:

          26Limabeans,
          He repeats himself below…
          In the song. At the end.

          It’s 11 years ago,
          and so it’s possible he may have renounced his racism.
          But this song video remains up.

          He could renounce, here and now, on VG.

      • C2Show says:

        MD61,

        Back in the heydays, this guy was a prominent poster on here. Often comment, what didnt know was he was a loony white guy. I never looked at his FB post until now. Then again I do remember him posting videos of songs or messages he had.

        Who knew he was a Dennis Chevy type, white power old man who mooched off the system.

        Also Ninja, regarding his VA Math, he probably is at 90 percent or whatever due to way the regs work with VA once you get to 90 percent. It that easy to get 100.

    • MarineDad61 says:

      ninja,
      More…..
      Well, since he admits his racism on Twitter,
      I’m sure he won’t mind everyone seeing him SING about it, too.

      I wonder how this song goes over with the other retired veterans??

      • MarineDad61 says:

        Lyrics, as posted (and sung) on the Tube of You.

        (paste)
        “BALLAD OF A WHITE MAN”

        Words and Music by:
        JOHN ROBERT MALLERNEE
        Wednesday 22 January 1992

        VERSE # 01:

        America’s a melting pot
        Of Black, Brown, Red, and Yellow.
        But, there’s no room
        For White folks anymore.
        America was built upon
        Christian moral values.
        But, America’s not like
        It was before.

        Today, the White apologists
        Are selling out each other,
        Saying that our heritage
        Doesn’t mean a thing.
        Christian moral values
        Are fading from the picture.
        That’s why I wrote
        The ballad that I sing.

        VERSE # 2:

        With Hollywood and bayonets,
        Our government enforces
        Miscegenation as a normal thing.
        A White man daring to protest
        Is beat by other White men,
        Not allowed to even earn
        His own living.

        If Black and White are equal,
        And all races are the same,
        Then why the Negro terror
        In this land?
        Why is there such filthiness,
        Ignorance, and murder
        In every place you see
        The Negroes’ hand?

        VERSE # 3:

        Along with White apologists
        Are the misguided Christians
        Perverting the religion
        That they preach.
        Homosexuals legal,
        Accepted in the schools,
        Permitted to molest
        The boys they reach.

        This song’s a written secret,
        Unsafe to sing out loud.
        But, it doesn’t matter anyhow.
        It’s time for revolution,
        For vigilante justice.
        Load up your guns
        And be a White man now!

        CODA:

        This song’s a written secret,
        Unsafe to sing out loud.
        But, it doesn’t matter anyhow.
        It’s time for revolution,
        For vigilante justice.
        Load up your guns
        And be a White man now!

        (end paste)

      • 5JC says:

        So rare to see a bonafide piece of shit racist, but there you have it.

        • MarineDad61 says:

          5JC,
          …. and not so “secret”,
          when he hangs his singing and written lyrics out there
          as a public video on the Tube of You… for 11 YEARS.

    • C2Show says:

      I remember few years back, someone (not sure if it was Hendo or someone else) claiming they were going to out another person that inflitrated TAH. Was JRM that guy people were going to out?

  28. C2Show says:

    This shit happens all the time. Congrats VA, you got one…
    Hell dude working at VA HQ in DC claims 100, wife gets 2256 for taking care of him and he is a damn GS12 step 10 in there. Even had doctors write him a letter saying he cant wear dress shoes to work.

    Keep up the good work there VA…paying people to spy on a guy for two years. Jesus…

  29. ninja says:

    JRM:

    You also wrote “Too bad…you and aren’t as familiar with Army regulations or Customs and Traditions of the Service”.

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? IT IS YOU THAT IS VERY UNFAMILIAR WITH AR 670-1!!!!!

    YOU spend ALOT of time on the Internet, so here is your chance/oplortunity to research/read AR 670-1 on the Blue Infantry Cord, Green Tab Leadership Tabs, the Bullwinkle Badge as well as the update on receiving an Honorary Air Assault Qualification Badge. I provided you the link to it.

    Did you ever receive anything Official fron the US Army that qualified you to receive the Honorary Bullwinkle Badge?

    You also wrote: “I don’t reckon I owe anyone any apology, and in fact, all of this libel and slander is not even entitled to a response or explanation, although, out of a sense of civil courtesy, this response is being posted.”

    You claim to be a “Disciple of Jesus Christ”, but have no problems embellishing or lying about your Military Service?

    Wow. Amazing. Unbelievable.

    You own an apology to those folks who fell four your embellished Army stories. You owe an apology to the public who visited the US Army Museum either in Person or on the Internet since you self identified to the Museusm as a SERGEANT. YOU WERE A SP5 WHO WAS DISCHARGED AS A SP4.

    You owe an apology to the Army TaxPayer who has paid for your medical care/surgeries/medi ation due to your choice of lifestyle which caused your “disability” that you are now collecting VA Disabilty monetary benefits as well as other benefits.

    You have in the past on TAH criticized others who were proven to be “Phonies” with their service, awards, etc. yet YOU could not look at the mirror on your own Phoniness.

    You owe an apology to those Soldiers who really were CAV Troops..to those Soldiers who truly earned the Infantry Blue Cord…and to those Troops who EARNED the Bullwinkle Badge.

    You owe an apology to those folks who parade you around your city on a recent Holiday/past,event this year, where once again you wore that Khaki Short Sleeve shirt sporting that Bullwinkle Badge, the Infantry Cord, the Green Tabs and perhaps other awards you were not entitled to.

    You also admitted on OVERTAKING your prescribed Medications that day…and somehow, I believe you have convinced others that you are still a ham radio operator.

    Did you ever update your license?

    You also wrote:

    “It’s sad that fellow soldiers and war veterans would do such things to each other.”

    Yup. You are right. You have knocked down others on TAH for being embellishers, yet you cannot see the irony and hypocrosy on what you do.

    You always seem to address yourself and yourself only..on what YOU did in your life, in the Army…and it is always about Vietnam…or the Cav…it is as if you are not proud to have been a Signal Corps Soldier….most of your posts are Cut & Paste…repeats of what you previously wrote and share.

    You have no problem cutting down others that do not share the same skin color or faith as you..Guess what? Not everyone who served or are serving in the Military are White Males..or worship as members of the Morman Church.

    Again, be proud of your TRUE accomoplishments on your Service with the US Army. Try to remember other Tax Payers are paying for treatment/medications for your self-induced Medical conditions based on your obesity because of your choice of diet and lifestyle.

    • rgr769 says:

      If JRM is entitled to a Bullwinkle Badge, I am entitled to two or three. In addition to being trained on how to conduct airmobile operations at Ranger school and again at the Inf. Officer Vietnam Orientation Course, I must have run several dozen airmobile operations in the RVN as a rifle company commander. I also planned and conducted about a dozen LRRP insertions and extractions as a Ranger company commander. So, if I don’t warrant a Bullwinkle, he certainly doesn’t.

      Our hero here likely only rode a Huey on an admin flight, perhaps to some firebase or brigade base camp to wrench on some commo equipment. He certainly never made it to a rifle company in the bush. When one our radios or the KY-38 malfunctioned the supply bird brought another one and the failed one was sent to rear, likely to end up on JRM’s test bench.

  30. ninja says:

    You also made these comments, JRM:

    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=63081

    “…with all the pain I was in, and unable to sleep, last night, I took a quadruple dose of everything I did have, and it’s darn near killed me.”

    That was in 2015. You have done the exact,same thing several times since 2015.

    Then this on the same link:

    “At,the time of my Honorable Discharge, I was a junior NCO serving as a Cavalry scout.”

    NO YOU WEREN’T. You were a SP4 who was demoted from SP5. You were originally a 31L20…and on your way out the door, you were slotted in an 11D20 slot as an “Assistant Squad Leader for about 2-3 months.

    • MarineDad61 says:

      ninja,
      Looking forward to his (attempts at) comebackers.

      Perhaps those who work and live around him today
      should get a fresh look
      (just scroll up)
      at his songwriting and singing.

      • OWB says:

        Do we REALLY have to go through all this AGAIN? It was painful enough the last few times! Might be easier on the rest of us if the newbies just go reread some of his previously published trash. (Please?)

        Oh, all right. Guess every generation has to experience their own learning curve, and the rest of us have to watch as they learn. Yeah, he had the sympathy of many here for a little while, some for a longer while, but as his lies and bad behavior became more blatant, any support he still had evaporated.

        Too bad. He DID serve in Viet Nam at a time many would not. He DID serve honorably enough to earn some awards, and should have some degree of respect. But, NO, he had to crap all over his service, and us, by lying and embellishing what he otherwise had already earned in spite of his bad behavior in other areas.

        • MarineDad61 says:

          OWB,
          Sorry…
          I didn’t realize the extent
          of beating the dead horse on this guy.
          I just saw it yesterday,
          so it’s still new and (not so) exciting here.
          Mostly because I did a few minutes on the Fu of Google,
          and found chestnuts like this.
          And this isn’t 11 years ago.
          It’s a little over 2.
          https://twitter.com/NOTcookbooklit/status/1161686572942729217

          • OWB says:

            ‘sOK. It is never a bad thing to educate more people on an issue, especially since it seems that this subject continues to rock the lies and get some sort of gratification from it.

            Spread the word, brother!

  31. ninja says:

    And this, JRM.

    “VA has determined that I have depression, and not PTSD, even though they have hospitalized me for it and treated me for it on several occasions.”

    “The VSO thought my recollections of my experiences in Viet Nam were too incredible to be believed.”

    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=63081

    You said you were getting VA Disabilty for PTSD…

    So…did your story change?

    🤔

  32. ninja says:

    Care to explain this comment you wrote, JRM?

    “As I understand it, the Army did away with ALL of the Specialist ranks above Specialist Four, and those who ranked above Specialist Four became Sergeants.”

    “When I transferred from the Signal Corps into the Cavalry, I was told to remove my Specialist Five rank and begin wearing Sergeant stripes.”

    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=31642

    Another lie from you.

    You were DEMOTED from a SP5 to a SP4….in 1976.

    You were being discharged from the Army in 1976. Your Chain of Command put you in a slot until you were gone…most likely for Admin purposes.

    You were put into an 11D20 slot as an “Assistant Squad Leader” in August 1976 and was discharged in November 1976 as a SP4 (About 3 months).

    The Army did away with the rank of SP5 around 1985…almost 10 years AFTER you were discharged.

  33. Green Thumb says:

    I wonder if he got the BMW lowered?

  34. Walter says:

    I personally know 2 POG’s collecting 100% fraudulently. There’s a subculture of guys that know all the “angles” (Sleep Apnea, PTSD, ways to increase BP etc.) and they communicate these to each other before submitting VA disability claims. Another angle is to persist and keep re-submitting claims until the VA grants them. One phony down, about 300,000 to go.