Judge gives men who stole valor the best, most fitting punishments

Two Montana men caught falsely claiming military service were given a writing assignment and told they would not be eligible for parole until it is complete.

The two men, Ryan Morris and Troy Nelson, were issued the assignment by Cascade County District Judge Greg Pinski, after they attempted to pass off as veterans in order to be tried in Veterans Court.

Both men violated their respective probation, Morris for a felony burglary and Nelson for drug possession. Both men attempted to get enrolled in Veterans Court, with Nelson being the only one of the two to successfully do so- until it was realized he had not served.

Morris claimed to have done seven combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that his hip was replaced after a run-in with an IED.

According to the Associated Press, Pinski was so disgusted by the matter that he handed out intensive and personal.

Judge Pinski ordered both men to hand write the names of all 6,756 Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan; write out the obituaries of the 40 Montanans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They then had to write hand-written apologies to several veterans groups.

The worst punishment of all, however, mandated that the men must stand at the Montana Veterans Memorial for eight hours every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, wearing a placard that says: “I am a liar. I am not a veteran. I stole valor. I have dishonored all veterans.”

Three years will be cut from the criminals’ respective sentences under the aforementioned conditions, with 441 hours of community service to go along with it. The men will have to endure the “sign punishment” for only three years.

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