In a viral video making the rounds on social media, a man who claims to be a soldier from the US Army was confronted by a real soldier and was unable to answer even basic questions. He claimed to be an Army Ranger and even had the insignia on his uniform to back it up. The man was not a member of the elite fighting group and got called out on it yesterday, November 28, 2014, inside of the Oxford Valley Mall, which is in Bucks County Pa.
The identity of the man is Sean Yetman. At least according to the video. The man is asked to meet a small child and introduces himself as Sean. His camouflage uniform carries the name Yetman. There was a man by that name on Facebook who deleted his profile today November 29, 2014. On the video, the man, “Yetman” cannot answer simple questions and his uniform is out of order. For instance when the American Flag patch is too low , “Yetman” says “You got me there”.
As the questions from a real serviceman start to get harder to answer , “Yetman” fumbles for his cellphone and then takes a telephone call. The cellphone is not heard ringing on the video. “Yetman” then answers the phone “Sgt. Major”, which sends the real soldier into a tizzy. The language in the video is not safe for work, as the fake soldier is called out in public. The wearing of a military uniform in public by non servicemen is a no no. There is no reason to be wearing one in public if you did not serve ,unless you are filming a movie or television show or it is Halloween.
The Stolen Valor Act makes it a crime to benefit from passing yourself off as a soldier. That could mean getting military discounts to free meals, to falsely applying for benefits you are not entitled to. Sadly, people across the nation don uniforms and try to pass themselves off as heroes. The video on social media is going viral, with more than 1 million people across the world seeing this video.The comments made are not to kind to the man identified as “Sean Yetman”.
Local police may become involved if it is learned that this man used this rouse to get free things or additional Black Friday discounts that he was not entitled to. Even if the man in the video is found to have served, it is plain as day he did not serve in the capacity that he is claiming to,not even being able to articulate where he got his basic training from. Some servicemen who did mundane or less glamorous tasks like vehicle maintenance or supply will try to embellish their record to strangers by saying they saw combat or serve in specialty,high risk positions. The internet is full of websites that call out phoneys and their attempt to back pedal when found would be just as laughable as the man in this video, if it was not so tragic.