Overview: A solider who is using America's patriotism & his own fake tears to accept hand outs for his own mistake (buying a new car and running it to the ground/not handling his finances) gives a speech that is equal parts insane, insulting and out of touch.
History/Story: This person was in the army and was shipped to Iraq as a mechanic. According to his fellow soldiers he was never in any combat and repeatedly talked about trying to find ways out of his service and to go back home. After his unit was involved in an controlled substance scandal they were all downgraded and he was sent home (honorable discharged) regarding back issues and PTSD claims (despite never seeing combat). He moved to Seattle where he decided to become a stand up comic. During this time he bought a new car, and had monthly bills of $2000 a month with an income of $4000 a month. When he lost his job, instead of lowering his bills and looking for work, he took advantage of the GI bill, started school and starting racking up debt, all things he could have avoided that are NOT the army or America's fault.
Recently (by his own admission) he read a news story where another soldier sold his medal to pay for bills for his family. This vet created an similar ebay auction to sell his medals (an AAM medal: http://i50.tinypic.com/166gayh.jpg ) in order to pay down some of his debt. This would be fine, but then he started asking for hand outs around town (at at a comedy show, which is where I heard about this issue in the audience) and planning "comedy benefits" for himself. When asked what he'd do if he didn't get many donations, he said he just wouldn't send the medal off. Is this the kind of person you'd like to support financially?
That is when the news got a hold of the story and this former soldier lied about several things. One, he said he was jobless when he has a part time job. Two, he said he saw action in the war, which several of his fellow soldiers deny. Three, he claims he started this for all vets, when he clearly said in the beginning he was just copying similar things he saw in the news.
After the news story came out, local criticism for the vet became more vocal, with people feeling like he was taking advantage of people's kindness and being disingenuous. That is when he recorded this video, which I personally feel shows just how out of touch and fake this ex soldier really is.
In the video you will see him grab dog tags he never wears talking about blood, sweat and tears. You will see him question why other vets don't support him with blind faith. You seem him claim he didn't want a hand out, despite the fact that he went on the news to advertise his ebay medal in order to get pity money. He says he is a comedian and name drops NW comedian names for seemingly no other reason than to build himself up. And perhaps worst of all, he says that vets should get jobs just for being vets, despite training skill, etc. ALL THIS WHILE HE IS ALREADY GETTING CHECKS FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE GI BILL. Insanity.
You decide if he is genuine or if this is merely a man taking serious issues and trying to make it about him. Take note before he went on the news with this story he uploaded a bunch of stand up comedy clips, and wears a comedian's shirt on his news clip. Interesting.
Please comment and keep the discussion going, because between THIS and the America's Got Talent soldier issue, if we don't weed out the fakes how can we honor the REAL heroes?