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Vet Who Lied About Service Record Sentenced To Jail

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A local man who worked as a post-traumatic stress counselor for veterans is sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying about his war medals.

A federal judge in Houston sentenced 41-year old Paul Schroeder of Shenandoah to 30-days behind bars for altering a military or naval discharge certificate to show honors he never earned. His month in federal prison will be followed by one year of supervised release and a $3,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Schroeder presented himself as a former Special Forces sergeant with two Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars and two Meritorious Service Medals. He claimed to have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and Central and South America.

Schroeder was a military police officer at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. But military personnel records indicate Schroeder was never deployed overseas or earned the honors he claimed.

Earlier this year Schroeder resigned from the PTSD Foundation of America where he was a post-traumatic stress counselor for veterans amid questions about his war record.

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