I started getting some emails yesterday from the members of Delta Company 2/22d Infantry, a unit at Fort Drum, NY – their unit motto is “Deeds Not Words”. They wrote complaining about a former member of their unit, Bradley Calvert, who had been taking advantage of some of the benefits given by private industry in his hometown which were meant for real wounded soldiers. I guess what twigged them to his antics was an article about him and his wife on the local ESPN website;
He was claiming to be a combat wounded special forces soldier. Of course, the Tripleduece as 2/22 Infantry called themselves when I was at Drum, is a hard-charging unit, but they’re not Special Forces and the folks I’ve talked to won’t deny it. I had to screen shoot the above webpage from a cache copy because ESPN took it down when they found out that Calvert was a phony.
Then there’s this article about him scamming “Wish For Our Heroes”;
“Considering I have an 11- and 12-year-old daughter, this means everything to me,” said Calvert, who was wounded by a roadside bomb during his second tour of duty in Iraq. “This will probably be the best Christmas of my life.”
According to his mates, Calvert was not injured in a roadside bomb – he broke his arm in combatitives training at the unit’s base in Iraq. Somehow that injury made him “catch the PTSD”, as we like to say around here. But, anyway, that injury got him evac’d back to Walter Reed and it looks like he’s been milking it for all it was worth. He was also featured in a Wounded Warrior article – that Army journalist somehow got the idea that Calvert had been an “elite sniper”, his platoon says that’s also false.
Here’s a statement his former squad leader sent us;
So why is delta Company pursuing this? “To restore honor to past, present and future members of Destroyer company 2nd Bn 22nd IN Regiment” according to the presentation they sent me along with the names of 15 people from D 2/22 who are willing to testify to this asshatery.
Thanks to SSG Ryan Shipley, SSG Kody Lunstrum, SGT James Sides and SGT Manny Figueroa for bringing all of this to us. I checked them all out on AKO to make sure they’re legit, and they are, of course, or you wouldn’t be reading about it.