If you folks don’t know, I’m married to a Marine. I love my Marine.
My Marine earned his uniform. He earned his rank, his ribbons and his expert rifflman badge.
The Old Navy employee did not.
Oh, what on Earth am I talking about? Well, let me tell you a horrendously true story.
An Army veteran was shopping at an Old Navy in Jacksonville, Fl when he noticed an employee with Marine Corps Blues on. This employee did not earn that jacket or the rank on it. He claims to have bought it at an army surplus store, with all decorations on it.
That is not an excuse to just wear it. Military uniforms are not like some jackets you buy off the rack at Old Navy. It’s is authentic military uniforms and decorations. They’re not costumes or some cool thing to just wear.
For those of you who don’t understand the significance of a military members uniform, it’s important. Those men and women earned that uniform and whatever decorations are on it. You don’t just go buy one and wear it. You don’t. It’s disrespectful plus it violates the Stolen Valor Act. Which IS illegal. It is.
The Stolen Valor Act of 2005, signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 20, 2006, is a U.S. law that broadens the provisions of previous U.S. law addressing the unauthorized wear, manufacture, or sale of any military decorations and medals. It makes it a federal misdemeanor to falsely represent oneself as having received any U.S. military decoration or medal. If convicted, defendants may be imprisoned for up to six months, unless the decoration lied about is the Medal of Honor, in which case imprisonment could be up to one year.
So, that being said and whether this individual intended on impersonating a military member or not, he knowingly WORE military decorations. He committed a federal crime. He should be punished.
A lot of people don’t know why we military spouses, military members and supporters are so upset about it. Yes, we have our panties in a bunch and no we couldn’t give two shits about an apology that isn’t really heartfelt and was probably provided to cover their asses. We don’t give 2 shits about a discount. Hell, Greg and I have NEVER used a military discount. We don’t even use our UPMC discounts! That’s not what matters to us. What does matter is that this punk is getting away with disrespecting the USMC. Hell, he’s disrespecting all military members by wearing something he did not earn!
My husband and every other person in the military earned their uniforms. They earned their rank. They earned those decorations. They didn’t go out and just go out and buy it. They went through boot, they did their deployments, they served the country they love. They risk their lives every day and what do they get in return? Some guy sloppily wearing a jacket he did not earn. Some guy wearing badges, ribbons and a rank that he did not earn. He falsely presented himself as a military member and the man who pointed it out was kicked out of and banned from that store.
Of course Old Navy is claiming it isn’t true, but I can’t help but feel that they’re trying to cover their asses. They know what their manager and employee did was wrong. A company that claims to support the U.S. military F*ed up big time. Was it the entire company? No. Do all stores do this? No. But you know what, that manager and employee represent Old Navy.
Before I EVER shop at Old Navy again, they better reprimand/preferably fire that manager and employee. Otherwise, they have lost at least one customer. I will not tolerate nor will I support a company that tolerates that sort of thing from its employees.
Wake up Old Navy, this will not just go away because you published an apology on f*ing Facebook.
Here is a new article about it.
(And yes, my Marine agrees with my sentiments on this situation.)
I shall step down from my soap box now that I’m finished ranting.