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Funny that should come up today. Yesterday I was speaking with B.G. Burkett, author of "Stolen Valor", the book that really blew the lid off the incidence of phony Vietnam vets, and he started to talk about the high incidence of phony vets from WW2. Apparently the temptation to cash in somehow on the honors accorded to combat veterans has always been attractive to a significant number of people. In this country it's even more attractive, since an amazing number of phony vets have managed to hoodwink the Veterans Administration and collect substantial benefits. For instance, the man who testified falsely about the No Gun Ri incident in Korea ended up collecting benefits for decades, and by the time he was exposed was very old and had no resources to be seized. Right now the VA has far more men listed as Vietnam POWs than are in fact alive, and all those men collect 100% disability and get total medical care. There are also more men listed as POWs in the VA system from the first Gulf War than there were actual POWs. R J Del Vecchio email@example.com ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----