LUGOFF, SC - Veterans earn their uniforms and medals through blood, sweat, and tears. However, there are some people who are intent on tainting their heroism, and exploiting it for their own benefit.
Fortunately, Anthony Anderson is catching veteran impersonators, and exposing them for the frauds they are. Anderson is a decorated army veteran who served in Afghanistan, and runs the website Guardian of Valor.
Anderson told FOX 46 Charlotte, "We've got them to where they'll just go in the airport to put on a uniform and have people walk up and say 'Thank you for your service.’ And then we have those that go as far as to actually steal money from the VA, from different organizations."
Some land themselves on the Guardian of Valor Hall of Shame. But it’s a federal crime to fraudulently claim a valor award with the intention of obtaining money, property or some sort of tangible benefit. Like Kelsey Hoover, who claimed she was a disabled and decorated veteran. A lie that helped her get a job helping kids deal with trauma. Anderson’s truth helped land her in prison.
"It's like you're not slapping not only us in the face but our fallen comrades," said Anderson.
Thanks to Anderson and his tipsters, the valor of veterans remains intact.
Watch the video to see Anderson confront the imposters.