posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 02:41 PM
Thanks for the replies, here in the UK, I can imagine it being handy for quick proof, say if there were discounts in a shop or the likes.
Other things like financial assistance, or medical support, if requiring any proof of service, this usually isn't an on the spot thing, and it's not
difficult to get your discharge book or proof of service from either the Veterans Agency or the Army Disablement place.
As for stolen valour here in the UK, I don't see it much myself apart from the odd case of a Walt saying they've done this and that in a bar. I know
some get funny over that kind of thing, but if they aren't doing any harm, I just ignore it view it as a source of entertainment from someone who
maybe admired the forces but couldn't get in for any reason. Hearing an exaggerated story about having been in every conflict going whilst serving at
Hereford.....all in the three years service they did in total.....you have to smile at that.
When stolen valour makes its way onto a work resume however, that can be dangerous, and should be outed.
Best one I ever had was a guy who said he was a Royal Marine in the Falklands.....fair enough.....he then went on to say how he was later doing close
protection for Charles and Diana.....and whilst driving them last the Iranian Embassy siege of 1980, Charles told him to take a shot at the
terrorist leaning out of the window!
Thanks again for the replies, I think I have more conspiracy related concerns, like when we are eventually required to carry ID papers 24/7, and the
fact that some vets could prove difficult for the government if not wanting to toe the line......I don't know....I'm just wary about telling everyone
about what I did just for a few discounts here and there.
It's a nice thought, but like me, most soldiers I know don't expect special treatment over any other member of the public.
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