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Paul Reickhoff’s Grand Misrepresentation
The boys over at This Ain’t Hell have outed another fraud. However, this isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill fraud that you find spreading tales of heroism in seedy bars or veterans parades. This time the tool is none other than Paul Reickhoff, ED (erectile disfunction or executive director, you choose) of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
I have liked Paul since his first attempt to use his military service in a partisan attempt to spread his socialist ideas with Operation Truth. At the time, Operation Truth was sold as a non-profit (501c4) veterans’ organization that sought to “amplify the soldiers’ voice in the American public dialogue” in order to “educate the American public about the truth of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the perspective of the soldiers who have experienced them first-hand. Many of our government’s policies and approaches to military operations have manifested themselves as problems on the front lines and back at home. Whether the subject is the role of private contractors in military operations, the lack of body armor for troops, the closing of V.A. hospitals, or the effects of ‘Stop-loss’, the men and women who have served and who have returned to civilian life truly have a unique and politically valuable perspective. … American servicemen and women have a voice that deserves to be heard; the issues and hardships troops face merit attention. Additionally, American servicemen and women have a distinct and important perspective that can influence the American political scene in a powerful way.”
The problem is that Paul only wanted to amplify the voices of Soldiers that agreed with his liberal positions. I used to be a member of OpTruth and wrote of my experience back in 2005 on this blog. I was hip to his misdealings long ago and have spoken openly against them.
Reickhoff went on to found IAVA possibly in an attempt to get away from overt partisanship of OpTruth and into a more covert partisanship with IAVA.
IAVA has its roots in Democracy In Action (DIA), a non-profit organization with an agenda to promote progress groups. IAVA got the funding and publicity from DIA to become the supposed “voice of the troops” it is today.
Like most of these Stolen Valor tools, Reickhoff and his lapdogs are trying to explain away these photos as “an accident.” In my 18 years of military service, I can’t think of one Soldier that has accidentally put on a medal or patch that he/she wasn’t entitled to. The uniform doesn’t just trip into an achievement pit and come out with a special forces patch accidentally sewn on it and a Bronze Star medal adorning the top rack on his chest. You have to actually purchase the patch and ribbon, take it in to get sewn on, and then pay for said work. You then have to place the medals on your uniform in the right order and pin them on your chest. It is not a “trivial error” to adorn this patch and medal.
Jonn is going to get a lot of grief as he does every time he outs someone. The forces of liars and misrepresenters are relenting. However, Jonn has not had to retract a single claim to my knowledge. I stand by him as a fellow milkook and celebrate the fact that once again, Reickhoff’s foot is being held to the fire as the fraud that he is.
Sure enough, the forces of evil think they have the upper hand. However, here’s the thing about these detractors: they thrive on misdirection and vague references. They blow their pipe and the roaches follow, but when you shine the spotlight on them, there is nothing left but roach turds.
Check out Jonn’s post and see the records for yourself. Then think long and hard about the organization that he heads. IAVA is nothing more than a headtrip for Paul and fuels his need for attention and celebrity. He is the only military charity head that spends as much time hobnobbing with celebrities that I’ve ever seen while the troops he deigns to support are never allowed to even sniff the same caviar he eats.
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