Several months ago I was approached by a group of veterans who investigate and expose stolen valor. If you aren’t aware of what stolen valor is – to define it simply is – it is an individual who embellishes his military career or military accomplishments. For the past few years, this group has been trying to put a stop to a walk across America being done under the guise of assisting homeless veterans. Well, actually the mission of the walk has apparently changed over the course of the last 3 years to accommodate and stave off the “haters”. Haters is what McQuown and his “event coordinators” label anyone who speaks out against his alleged fraudulent activity. Generally the “haters” ends up being those kind folks who donated money to Mr. McQuown and later found out that they were duped and that not one dime of any donation received by him has been appropriated to any veterans issues; nor has one dime been financially accounted for when donors have demanded proof of where the funds have gone or were spent.
This post is going to be lengthy so please bear with me but it is important to see all of the evidence and how the puzzle fits together with all of the evidence that is out there. Mr. McQuown is a con-artist and his job is to defraud good people out of their money.
McQuown is a discharged US Marine. He has claimed to have been given a bad conduct discharge and an other than honorable discharge for being absent without leave for over 200 days. Most Marines will tell you that this length of time is considered desertion, but McQuown was never charged with desertion. General consensus is that he was such a shit bird that the Marine Corps just got rid of him on an other than honorable discharge — which is still REALLY bad. McQuown makes a big deal about how or why he wasn’t charged with desertion and that because he wasn’t charged he’s not a “deserter” Tomato, tomato. It’s semantics at this point, and even though he claims that he took his ID card with him and had planned on going back the bottom line is that he left his post unauthorized for over 200 days. He bailed on his duties as a Marine and never looked back until he was forced to deal with it. Read the rest of this entry »