Man Faking Military Service May Find Battle With Real Vets

by Abigail Van Buren

DEAR ABBY: I have a friend, “Dick,” who wears veteran hats — “Vietnam Vet,” “Proud to Be a Marine,” etc. — that imply he was in the service. The problem is, Dick was never in any branch of the military at any time.

Dick claims he’s “honoring” them by wearing the hats. But when he goes into a restaurant or other place that offers military discounts, he always inquires about them. And he has never refused the offer of one or admitted he wears the slogans only to honor others and was never actually in the service himself.

I come in contact with real military service people who deserve to wear these hats. I asked a couple of them about what to do with Dick, but you can’t print their responses. Abby, what’s your take? — VALUES HONESTY IN OHIO

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