Captain Lindsay Lowery of the Army Reserves, who is now a writer for Mad World News under the pseudonym Prissy Holly, received her resignation papers from the military two weeks ago. Lowery, who served in Iraq from 2007-2008, wrote on Facebook she wrote she left the military because she could “no longer being able to stomach the reality that Obama was my ‘commander in chief’.”
However, when she posted the news of her resignation from the military on her public Facebook page, many questioned her credentials and accused Lowery of stealing valor.
“What was supposed to be a simple Facebook post turned into a crusade to allegedly expose me for lying about a military record that I supposedly never had,” she told IJReview.
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“Initially I thought this would be something that died down quickly. However, the next morning I visited my Facebook page to find hundreds of comments accusing me of stealing valor.”
Lowery was quickly cleared by Guardians of Valor, an organization devoted to exposing people posing as military members. She also publicly displayed her discharge papers. Retired Colonel William J. Finley, who commissioned Lowery, also wrote a letter vouching for her service.
Though Lowery has been cleared, she was dismayed by the response she received and believes it was, in part, driven by her gender.
“I have no doubt in my mind that if I would have been a male I wouldn’t have to prove myself to these people about my military service. They would have simply taken me at my word,” she said.