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Stolen Valor

Man who claimed to have been 'Navy sergeant' gets additional jail time after other false statements

Joseph Gorzoch was convicted on DUI charges and said he had PTSD from serving in Afghanistan as a "U.S. Navy sergeant." He had more time added to his sentence after a deputy district attorney who had served in the Air Force was suspicious and looked into several things he had said.


Agent involved in Army officer's murder case charged with lying about earning a Purple Heart

The charges against Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Delacruz, if proven, amount to what U.S. troops refer to as "stolen valor," when service members claim details about their military service that are not true in ways that benefit them.


He collected nearly $200K posing as a Vietnam vet with 2 Purple Hearts — but he never served

Keith R. Hudson collected nearly $200,000 in VA benefits while fraudulently listed as a Navy medic who received two Purple Hearts for his service in Vietnam. He faces up to 10 years in prison.