Sgt. Thomas H. Williams observed Clinton M. Taylor standing at the corner of E. Main St. and North St. in the Town of Union. He was dressed in military camouflage-type clothing and holding a sign begging for money or work. Taylor told Sgt. Williams he was a veteran and that the government was not taking care of him nor his family. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Taylor had given Sgt. Williams a false name and a false date of birth. Furthermore, it was determined that Taylor was not a veteran and had never served in the military. Taylor eventually admitted that he was a heroin addict and he was impersonating a military veteran in the hopes of soliciting money from the public out of sympathy for military veterans.
I guess I don’t have to tell you folks how this hurts all veterans. First it gives the impression that deep inside us all lives a panhandler and a drug addict and it makes the public mistrust veterans, eating away the good will that we’ve struggle to recover since the 60s (without the help of John Kerry). But Stolen Valor is a victimless crime.
Category: Phony soldiers