Les Parnas’ “Bling” – Stolen Valor?

| January 18, 2020

The website RawStory.com wrote an interesting article, essentially highlighting a question posed by a NY Times journalist as to why Les Parnas would wear a medal designated for U.S. troops, titled:

Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.

The photo shows Igor Fruman — who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment — sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.

Haber [sic] said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a “Presidential Service Badge,” linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.

Wikipedia states:

“The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States,” Wikipedia explained.

Haberman pointed out in her Twitter post that this medal can be ordered online, but it’s technically awarded to uniformed services in the White House.

It was also spotted on Dr. Seb Gorka.

Gorka is not known to have ever served in the U.S. military, but reportedly did volunteer for the British Territorial Army and worked for the Hungarian Ministry of Defense.

Retired Marine Public Affairs Officer, as well as former DHS and Pentagon spokesman Dave Lapan had this to say about it on his Twitter account:

Category: "Your Tax Dollars At Work", Politics

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  1. LC says:

    I’m shocked –shocked I say!- that a guy who started a company called “Fraud Guarantee” might procure a pin he didn’t earn.

  2. JW says:

    Who CARES if he is wearing a pin! He just implicated half of the White House in crimes and treason!

    • UpNorth says:

      So, half the White House staff has “levied war against”the U.S. or have “adhered to” our enemies? Is that what you’re saying, Sparky?
      Now, what crimes might you be talking about?

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        Kicking his Donk opponent’s ass, fair-n-square, in the 2016 election.

        -that- is his “crime”.

        That, and making it look easy.

    • OWB says:

      Seriously?

      Oh. You were serious.

      Pardon me. I didn’t mean to intrude on your nervous breakdown.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Bless your heart!

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Sitting on a couch next to the guy who is a President’s lawer and the former mayor of the town that the President has a hotel in is kinda like being a Service Member on a Presidential Detail. Isn’t it? Doubly qualified because he has visited the White House?

    I was in the Army, have voted for Presidents, AND have watched a documentary on the White House. Where’s my badge?

  4. 3rd. We can now badger these guys for wearing this badge that they are not authorized to wear.

  5. M48DAT says:

    We don’t need no sinking badges.

  6. M48DAT says:

    We don’t need no stinking badges.