A Case of Stolen Valor? Army Vet Confronts Man Wearing the Uniform, You Decide [Video]
Army veteran Garrett Goodwin could not stand what he saw. A man in uniform who claimed to be a vet standing in the street begging for money. Mr. Goodwin had enough, and took matters into his own hands.
This video has now been watched by more than 1.8 million people on Facebook and is also being shared on Youtube.
In the video a man is holding a sign in Tampa, Florida that says he's a homeless veteran and he needs help.
Fox-TV reports that Goodwin helps organizations who reach out to veterans in need, but minutes into the conversation, he says he knew something was up.
You can hear Goodman say
That's my uniform! My brothers died in that uniform," you can hear him say on the video. Take that and throw it away! Don't put it back on.
"I was angry. I was frustrated. I was sad," Goodwin said.
Fox news reports that Goodwin is an Army medic and has been one for nine years. He takes it personally.
Goodwin told Fox News
"Maybe one of the reasons I was so into this yesterday is tomorrow I'm burying a good friend who is a Marine…I'm putting that man in the ground tomorrow, and I think that seeing this guy in uniform and wearing the uniform that my brothers and sisters have died in, it was more than I was willing to stand and take.
The identity of the panhandler is unknown. Did Goodwin do the proper thing?