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Forum Post: Uh OH!!! Another OWS Military Veteran not who he said he was.

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 23, 2011, 6:10 p.m. EST by Capitalist111 (59)
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Army Records at Odds With Occupy Vet's Claims November 23, 2011 Buffalo News|by Stephen T. Watson The claims of a dedicated member of the Occupy Buffalo movement that he saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are not supported by Army records. Christopher M. Simmance has told several media outlets, including The Buffalo News, that he served as many as three tours of duty in those war zones and that he was severely injured in Afghanistan. Service records obtained from the Army, however, show he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., for three years and he left the active-duty Army in January 2001 -- before the 9/11 terror attacks. Simmance insists his Army records are incomplete. He told The News he stands by his claims of seeing combat. "Everything I've told you is completely true; I've got nothing to hide," Simmance said in one of three interviews.

People close to Simmance told The News they initially believed his claims of wartime deployments but they grew disenchanted when they discovered he was exaggerating his military service. "I cannot confirm any of what he said," Denise Simmance, his mother, told The News.

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[-] 3 points by EricBlair (447) 12 years ago

Actually, these records are incomplete/incorrect all the time. There is nothing remarkable about his claim. Many people have problems getting their paper work for Purple Hearts and Combat Action Badges straighten out. Sometimes this process takes years.

I served from 2007-2010 and was never deployed once, however the VA had records saying I served in the first Persian Gulf War (I was like 4 years old at the time.)

What do you expect from giant government bureaucracies?

[-] 0 points by jimmycrackerson (940) from Blackfoot, ID 12 years ago

Yeah, the military is totally incapable of doing anything when it comes to paperwork. All those Official Govt' papers are is just a time stamp so they can play chess with the pawns. They only serve as a reference so they can stab you in the back when you start to find out what's really happening behind the scenes.

"Well...it says here that you signed your name and gave an oath...You are now the govt's property."