Army veteran banned from campus after accusing fellow student of stolen valor


A Wisconsin college student –who called another student out for stolen valor –has been banned from his university’s campus. The confrontation happened last week inside the cafeteria at George Williams College.

“For someone to steal the integrity of what men and women do for this country, it’s un-American and I wasn’t going to have it,” said Ryan Lonergan — who served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

Stolen valor is both a federal and state crime. However, that is only if the person claiming to have earned certain awards/medals to try to get benefits.

Lonergan says the other student approached him and started to tell him stories about his time as an officer in the Marines. But when the student –who was claiming to be a Marine– could not identify a GPS, Lonergan says, “He knew something was off.”

That’s when things got heated. Lonergan says he raised his voice and made quite a scene.

School officials said that unless he has class, Lonergan is not permitted to be on the Williams Bay, Wisconsin campus.

That is the policy while a student is awaiting a disciplinary hearing.

Lonergan told Fox 6 NEWS that the school could have gone about it in a whole different way.  He was shocked when the school notified him to set a judicial hearing on the matter.

Lonergan is scheduled to attend a disciplinary hearing, in the near future, over the alleged case of disorderly conduct.

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