An Army veteran was caught on camera Monday confronting a panhandler in Tampa, Florida, who he believes is pretending to be a veteran while begging for money.
Garrett Goodwin, who was an Army medic for nine years, reportedly works for an organization that helps needy veterans, so he didn't think twice about stopping the man he saw panhandling while wearing a uniform, reports FOX 13.
But Goodwin says it didn't take long for him to realize the man couldn't answer any of his questions about serving in the military. The man claimed he was in the special forces and that the government doesn't recognize him, but Goodwin says his uniform featured a Junior ROTC patch.
"That's my uniform! My brothers died in that uniform," Goodwin can be heard saying on the video. "Take that and throw it away! Don't put it back on!"
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Goodwin says the day after he caught the panhandler, he was going to have to bury a Marine friend of his who died of cancer and that this likely made him feel even more passionate about the man pretending to be something he isn't.
"And I think that seeing this guy in uniform and wearing the uniform that my brothers and sisters have died in, it was more than I was willing to stand and take," he told FOX 13.
Goodwin shared the video on Facebook, where it has been viewed by 1.8 million people and shared thousands of times.
The veteran reported the panhandler to police, but his identity is still unknown.
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