To the untrained eye, he might have looked like a decorated war hero.
But it didn’t take long for two Marines to decide there was something off about the uniformed man outside the military funeral, who wore medals as prestigious as the Silver Star. And when they started asking questions, they became even more convinced: The guy was a fraud — a fake soldier.
On the evening of Dec. 2, Lisa Pucino Haglof logged into her Facebook account to find a cryptic message in her inbox. "This thing tried to friend me," the message read, followed by a link to an account.
Reactions from veteran groups and Capitol Hill ran the gamut Tuesday from outrage to acceptance following an apology by VA Secretary Bob McDonald for claiming he served with U.S. special operations forces.
Despite it being overwhelmingly approved by the South Dakota House of Representatives earlier this week, an Aberdeen lawmaker believes it’s still possible to derail a proposal that would change the way the state defines its military veterans.