Vets Say Troy Nehls Wears A Military Badge He Didn’t Earn | EUROtoday

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Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) proudly wears an Army badge on his go well with lapel. It’s a ornament reserved for troopers who got here beneath hearth whereas engaged in fight. Problem is, the one hearth he’s confronted recently is from veterans accusing him of stolen valor.

Those complaints took on added heft Friday, when the Army confirmed to the publication NOTUS that Nehls was by no means deployed as a fight infantryman throughout his 20 years with the armed providers.

The assertion confirms in depth prior reporting by Guardian of Valor, a veterans watchdog group, which in May started sounding the alarm about Nehls sporting a Combat Infantryman Badge he didn’t earn.

The group reviewed the Texas Republican’s 53-page army personnel file, and located that whereas a badge had been awarded in 2008 for his deployment to Afghanistan, the Army revoked it in 2023 after realizing he’d served as a civil affairs officer ― not within the infantry or Special Forces.

Nehls responded by sharing a Defense Department letter on social media that seems to substantiate the award. The letter, from 2008, bears the signature of Army Maj. Tim Botset.

But Botset, now retired, informed KHOU earlier this month that another person appears to have signed on his behalf, as a result of he is aware of with “absolute certainty” that he didn’t signal it himself.

Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) is seen on the House steps of the U.S. Capitol, June 16, 2022. A military badge affixed to his suit lapel implies he served as a combat infantryman, though his service record shows no such deployment.
Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) is seen on the House steps of the U.S. Capitol, June 16, 2022. A army badge affixed to his go well with lapel implies he served as a fight infantryman, although his service report exhibits no such deployment.

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“I was shown the memorandum containing my signature block over a year ago,” Botset informed KHOU in a press release. “I informed the investigator that it is my signature block but not my signature. It reads ‘for,’ which means someone else signed in my place. I know with absolute certainty that I did not sign it. I was on EML (Environment and Morale Leave) in Tennessee on the date indicated on the memorandum.”

“Is this an honest mistake? Perhaps, but finding a copy of the 4187 and/or sworn statements that generated the memorandum will provide you the specifics behind the award,” he continued. “I do not know anyone in my unit that would have intentionally approved an award for someone that was not entitled. No one, for any reason, should knowingly wear unearned awards or badges ― period.”

In a letter of his personal addressed to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Nehls accused the veterans group of making an attempt to discredit him.

“I disagree with the Awards and Decorations Branch revocation of my CIB, which was awarded by the 101st Airborne Division,” Nehls wrote. “I further believe this is a concerted effort to discredit my military service and continued service to the American people as a member of Congress.”

But Anthony Anderson, an Army veteran who runs Guardian of Valor, says it’s fairly the other.

“The veteran community is starting to get to the point now where there’s no room for forgiveness at this point because now they see, ‘Hey, this wasn’t an error. He’s doubling down now,’” Anderson informed “He knows he didn’t earn this award.”