Sunday, August 19, 2012

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE PUBLICATION OF FAKE WARRIORS (Second Edition): IDENTIFYING, EXPOSING, AND PUNISHING THOSE WHO FALSIFY THEIR MILITARY SERVICE. (This is the Kindle and other online eBook version.)



Dear Fellow Patriot:



When the Library of Congress compiled oral histories for its Veterans History Project, 24 of the 49 individuals who identified themselves as Medal of Honor recipientshad not actually received that award.


Justice Samuel Alito,
                                                                  United States v. Alvarez

If Fake Warriors will lie to the Library of Congress, who won’t they lie to?  The fact is they lie to everyone: wives, children, siblings, friends, relatives, colleagues, employers, employees, banks, governments, veterans, reporters, the VA — even to themselves.

Erika Holzer and I wrote the first edition of Fake Warriors: Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service nearly ten years ago.  (Some reviews are HERE.)  Since then, largely because of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the Fake Warrior problem has become worse.  (A YouTube video dramatizing that problem is at http://www.henrymarkholzer.citymax.com/fake_warriors_video.htmlwww.fakewarriors.org and http://youtu.be/OvrrWbglvtY.  As of Sunday, August 19, 2011, there were about 1,000 views.).

The second edition of Fake Warriors — containing substantial new material, including a commentary by the authors dissecting the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Alvarez and introducing their Fake Warrior Act of 2012 — continues to expose a national scandal: the shocking story of countless men (and a few women) who since the Vietnam War Era have falsified their military service for personal gain.  (The Table of Contents of Fake Warriors (Second Edition) is HERE.)

Because of the ever-growing number of Fake Warrior cases, our colleagues have created The Fake Warrior Project, A Division of P.O.W. Network (www.fakewarriors.org).  Its website will be the Internet resource for information about the Fake Warrior phenomenon.  The Fake Warrior Project will regularly, via email, inform its supporters about current developments in the identification, exposure, and punishment of Fake Warriors. The only way to receive those free informational notices is by sending an email to signmeup@fakewarriors.org and registering.

The Fake Warrior Project will be a big help in identifying, exposing, and punishing those who falsify their military service, and among its heaviest weapons will be the pages of Fake Warriors (Second Edition).

But we need the help of American patriots in alerting the public that the book has been published. 

We want to replicate this Open Letter tens-of-thousands of times via multi-forwarded emails.  Among other patriots, we’re trying to reach:
  • Individual veterans and their organizations, publications and websites.
  • Unabashedly patriotic, conservative, libertarian and similarly oriented talk show/TV hosts (and guests) (e.g. Limbaugh, Hannity, Huckabee, Savage, O’Reilly, Steyn), journalists/columnists (e.g. Will, Sowell, Buchanan, Malkin, Coulter, the Town Hall crew) and bloggers (e.g. The Burn Pit, Hooah Wife and Friends, Melanie Morgan, Semper Fi Parents).
  • Sympathetic politicians/government officials (e.g., co-sponsors of the  well-intentioned but fatally flawed Stolen Valor Acts of 2006 and 2011).
  • Celebrities (e.g., Gary Sinese, Dennis Miller, Chuck Norris).
You can do three things to help:
  • Help this Open Letter go viral by immediately forwarding it to everyone you know, with the request that they do the same.
  • Submit reviews (hopefully favorable) to Amazon.
  • Make your purchase(s) of the print and/or eBook edition as close to the publication date (see below) as possible.  (That’s what makes bestsellers.)
The release date for the print edition of Fake Warriors (Second Edition): Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service was Friday, August 17, 2012. It is now being sold by Amazon.

To do our part in making Fake Warriors (Second Edition) a bestseller (it’s 352 pages long, with seven Appendices) we set the price at $11.99 for the print edition (from Amazon).
The Amazon price for the Kindle edition — available now — is $3.99. (eBook editions from other retailers may be priced differently.)

TO PURCHASE THE PRINT AND/OR eBOOK EDITIONS FROM AMAZON, CLICK HERE.  Scroll down for the Kindle edition.

One last point.

Please do all you can to help us identify, expose, and punish Fake Warriors . . . . . .

. . . . . . In the name of all of us who served honorably.

Especially those who never returned.

Thanks,


/s/ Hank Holzer

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Thursday, August 16, 2012

One Story Among Many


 Within hours of my posting the announcement earlier this week that the print version of Fake Warriors was available, I received the following email from a woman I've know for years -- but about whom I did not know the story she relates below...............
 
I sent on your book notice.  I too was a victim of a fake warrior.  I was 20 years old and naive.  I was in the U.S. Navy working as a weather observer . . . near Chicago.

I began dating a fellow observer at my office and he told me he had two purple hearts and three bronze stars.  He also told me he was a track and field star and football star in high school.  My dad, a military historian, became suspicious of this guy's record and contacted some military brass friends of his and they confirmed that my boyfriend was a faker.

I confronted the guy with my dad's letter and at first he was resistant to the truth, saying "Believe what you want." Being a stickler for the truth, I pressed him and the full story came out. 

He was a failure in everything. In high school he was not a star, in fact his first football game some big guy fell on him and his mom pulled him from the team. And in track and field he was the slowest guy and was delegated to carrying water instead of competing. I immediately broke up with him!

Interestingly, later I did meet a guy who earned a purple heart.  He was not a bragger, it took a while to get to know him and I got the story out of him.  He was a Vietnam helicopter pilot who could have left an area of heavy fire, but landed to pick up survivors and wounded instead.  Then as he was flying away he was hit by a large caliber bullet that came up from the underside of the copter and went through his femur.  He flew back to base in horrible pain and was evacuated to Hawaii where he spend a year in the hospital. He has to wear a mechanical brace on his foot so he can walk.  He was a true hero and never bragged about it like the fake guy.

Thanks for your efforts is exposing these folks, I very much appreciate it and will get your book when it comes out as an eBook soon!

A classic case -- and the beat goes on.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Review of Fake Warriors (Second Edition)

From time to time I'll reprint reviews and comments sparked by the publication of the Holzers' Fake Warriors (Second Edition): Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service.

The review that follows was written by a pilot who was a prisoner of war in Hanoi for 5 years and 8 months. 

 "This is an important book on the impact of Fake Warriors on our society.   In the area of POWs, there are over 3,000 Fake Vietnam POWs pretending to be one of the real 662 Vietnam POWs who got out alive.  The VA reports that they are giving VA benefits to 966 Vietnam POWs, yet only 530 of the 662 actual POWs are alive.  The VA is giving VA benefits to 286 Desert Storm (1991) POWs, yet there are only 20 of the actual 21 Desert Storm (1991) POWs alive. This book is a must read for anyone interested in Fake Warrior fraud."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ANNOUNCING PUBLICATION OF FAKE WARRIORS (Second Edition): IDENTIFYING, EXPOSING, AND PUNISHING THOSE WHO FALSIFY THEIR MILITARY SERVICE


Dear Fellow Patriot:


When the Library of Congress compiled oral histories
 for its Veterans History Project, 24 of the 49 individuals
who identified themselves as Medal of Honor recipients
 had not actually received that award.

Justice Samuel Alito,
                                                                           United States v. Alvarez



If Fake Warriors will lie to the Library of Congress, who won’t they lie to?  The fact is they lie to everyone: wives, children, siblings, friends, relatives, colleagues, employers, employees, banks, governments, veterans, reporters, the VA — even to themselves.
Erika Holzer and I wrote the first edition of Fake Warriors: Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service nearly ten years ago.  (Some reviews are HERE.)  Since then, largely because of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the Fake Warrior problem has become worse.  (A YouTube video dramatizing that problem is at http://www.henrymarkholzer.citymax.com/fake_warriors_video.html, www.fakewarriors.org and http://youtu.be/OvrrWbglvtY).
The second edition of Fake Warriors — containing substantial new material, including a commentary by the authors dissecting the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Alvarez and introducing their Fake Warrior Act of 2012 — continues to expose a national scandal: the shocking story of countless men (and a few women) who since the Vietnam War Era have falsified their military service for personal gain.  (The Table of Contents of Fake Warriors (Second Edition) is HERE.)
Because of the ever-growing number of Fake Warrior cases, our colleagues have created The Fake Warrior Project, A Division of P.O.W. Network (www.fakewarriors.org).  Its website will be the Internet resource for information about the Fake Warrior phenomenon.  The Fake Warrior Project will regularly, via email, inform its supporters about current developments in the identification, exposure, and punishment of Fake Warriors. The only way to receive those free informational notices is by sending an email to signmeup@fakewarriors.org and registering.
The Fake Warrior Project will be a big help in identifying, exposing, and punishing those who falsify their military service, and among its heaviest weapons will be the pages of Fake Warriors (Second Edition).
But we need the help of American patriots in alerting the public that the book has been published. 
We want to replicate this Open Letter tens-of-thousands of times via multi-forwarded emails.  Among other patriots, we’re trying to reach:
  • Individual veterans and their organizations, publications and websites.
  • Unabashedly patriotic, conservative, libertarian and similarly oriented talk show/TV hosts (and guests) (e.g. Limbaugh, Hannity, Huckabee, Savage, O’Reilly, Steyn), journalists/columnists (e.g. Will, Sowell, Buchanan, Malkin, Coulter, the Town Hall crew) and bloggers (e.g. The Burn Pit, Hooah Wife and Friends, Melanie Morgan, Semper Fi Parents).
  • Sympathetic politicians/government officials (e.g., co-sponsors of the  well-intentioned but fatally flawed Stolen Valor Acts of 2006 and 2011).
  • Celebrities (e.g., Gary Sinese, Dennis Miller, Chuck Norris).
You can do three things to help:
  • Help this Open Letter go viral by immediately forwarding it to everyone you know, with the request that they do the same.
  • Submit reviews (hopefully favorable) to Amazon.
  • Make your purchase(s) of the print and/or eBook edition as close to the publication date (see below) as possible.  (That’s what makes bestsellers.)
The release date for the print edition of Fake Warriors (Second Edition): Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service is Friday, August 17, 2012.
To do our part in making Fake Warriors (Second Edition) a bestseller (it’s 352 pages long, with seven Appendices) the price is $11.99 for the print edition (from Amazon) and will be $3.99 for the Kindle edition.

TO PURCHASE THE PRINT EDITION FROM AMAZON, CLICK HERE.

(I will announce the release date for the Kindle and other eBook versions in about 10 days.)

One last point.

Please do all you can to help us identify, expose, and punish Fake Warriors . . . . . .
. . . . . . In the name of all of us who served honorably.
Especially those who never returned.

Thanks,
/s/ Hank Holzer


Saturday, August 4, 2012

FAKE WARRIORS Update

Below is the newly designed cover for the second edition of Fake Warriors: Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service.

The print version will be available in about two weeks, the eBook version about two weeks later.

There's considerable new material in the second edition, including the Holzers' annotation of the entire Supreme Court opinion in the Stolen Valor Act case (United States v. Alvarez), and our critique of the new Stolen Valor Act Heck-Brown bill and Webb bill now pending in Congress.  Also, an entire chapter on our proposed Fake Warrior Act of 2012.

As soon as each edition is available, I'll send an announcement to this list.  (Yes, that is the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in the cover photograph.  It's significance to the book's title and contents is explained in Fake Warriors.)
 

Friday, August 3, 2012

FLASH!! Harry Reid's Law School, George Washington, Deficient In Criminal Procedure Course

"People" are saying that when democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attended George Washington Law School no course was offered that included the study of burden of proof.

Perhaps "people" are mistaken.

If so, Harry should come forward immediately and prove that he studied burden of proof.