Prosecutors and judges come from demographics in which military service is held in contempt, and this characteristic of these official lawyers means that phonies and frauds are very seldom punished, no matter how egregious their misrepresentations, no matter how much they profited by it. When they are punished, the punishments are puny.
The latest fraud sharing a laugh with his judge over the chumps that go in the Army is Paul A. Schroeder. Schroeder milked the system for everything he could get, based on a forged DD 214 that made him an SF, Ranger, Airborne, Silver Star hero. It was all bullshit, of course. He scammed money, jobs, accolades, and just about anything imaginable; it was an application for unearned “decorated hero” license plates that did him in.
FBI agents compared the document Schroeder presented with his actual service record from the Department of Defense. The legitimate forms showed no Silver Star or a record of attending the elite military schools he claimed, officials said.
Schroeder resigned from the PTSD Foundation of America after confessing to a Houston Chronicle reporter that he had lied about his record.
In June, a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of altering a military discharge certificate.
On Monday, he admitted altering his discharged papers in federal court. In addition to serving 30 days in prison, Schroeder will be on supervised release for a year. Also, he must pay a $3,000 fine.
But hey, they’re going to fine him $3,000, which isn’t even a dollar for every US serviceman’s life lost in the various wars Schroeder falsely claimed to have been in.