Many of them may have purchased from somewhere else, had they realized the truth.
Some of you may think that I'm about to overreact to the Devil Dog Arms Scandal. But, let me tell you what the lie of stolen valor means to many of those who have actually served:
As someone who served honorably in the United States Marines, and who actually shook Joe Lucania's hand and exchanged
our my motto “Semper Fidelis” verbally, I feel as though I need to go wash up. I feel dirty, disgraced and lied to.
Many of these patriots gave their lives so that he could live on in cowardice, making money off of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.
If you were unaware, the EGA is something that Marines earn, only after they complete a grueling 54 hour test at the end of their 12 week basic training. This test is what is known as the Crucible. It sucks. You go a few days on minimal sleep (six hours, to be exact), a rationed MRE or two for food and lots of humping (hiking).
…those of us who had just earned that EGA and could finally be called by the the title of “Marine” for the very first time. Until then, we were maggots, recruits, shit birds, f*uck sticks and any other name you could think of. We were the lowest of the low, and even the sand fleas had more rights than we did.
Ah, memories. Anyway, back to my point:
I remember the day I earned my EGA like it was yesterday, even though I graduated my basic training on 23 December 1999 with platoon 1110. Do you know what I remember most?
The feeling of my hateful Drill Instructor SGT Thompson placing that black Eagle, Globe and Anchor into the palm of my hand. I remember the tears streaming down my face as I beat adversity against all odds. In my exhaustion, I felt the honor, courage and commitment running through the blood of my veins.
And then you have fools like Joe Lucania of Devil Dog Arms, who, for so many years, claimed the same. And why? Just to earn a lousy buck. He never earned the title and is the lowest form of life.
During a period of time when Americans utterly adore their military members and veterans, and would do almost anything for them, you've got people capitalizing on that fact. A lot of people would rather buy from a veteran-owned business, as opposed to someone who hasn't served.
It is a shame that he had to lie for business. Sadly, his employees have paid the price with their jobs and will have to find other employment opportunities. Hopefully they can, but it is still a tough job environment for many.
Anyone who was associated with the company has now disavowed them. A good example, is Beck, who recently worked with DDA to develop their .510 Beck rifle, which we got to see at the GAOS back in February.