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A question for all military members past and present.

Posted by /u/bigotis on


I stumbled across an article about my best friend from high school and a new, non-military related business he is involved in. In this article it stated that he was an officer in the Army and spent time in Iraq and other conflicts overseas. I am 99.9% sure this is B.S.. I remember he joined the army shortly after graduation in 1984 and I saw him in a uniform. He claimed to be in the Airborne Rangers. He married shortly after I did so around 1990 and if my memory is correct, he said he got a medical discharge.

I have a nephew that spent 8 months in Afghanistan. I have another nephew who spent 6-7 months in Iraq and is entering officers school. I am aware of the sacrifice both of them made while in a dangerous war zone and I am aware of the time and effort my nephew has put into getting to this point in his career to one day becoming an officer. It feels like him making these claims "steals" credit from those who actually put themselves in danger, sacrificed time from family and friends and disrespects those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I'm not sure if I should call him out on this or just forget about it. We are not close anymore and haven't been for a long time.

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

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