Michael D. Sprouse has extremely high visibility around Central Florida due to his work with paralyzed veterans. Mike claims to have been a Marine for eight years and was injured after he got out of the USMC. Mike is a Veteran who is disabled and is not a Disabled Veteran. Many veterans understand this difference and although others may not, the distinction is there and Sprouse appears to have always been honest and forthright about it.
Even the criteria for the Paralyzed Veterans of America membership and holding office does not require the disability to be service connected.
In many articles about Mike, there’s mention of him both serving in the USMC for eight years, with six of those years as a Drill Instructor at MCRD Parris Island, SC.
“We met last year and I’ve been chasing her ever since,” said Michael Sprouse, 48, a former Marine staff sergeant and drill instructor who served the Corps from 1978-1985…”
Mike Sprouse was even honored by Florida Congressman Alan Grayson as an official entry into the Congressional Record on the House floor.
The only problem is much of it is not true.
FOIA RESULTS – SELECTED
FOIA RESULTS – COMPLETE
Although the records of assignments appear to stop after 1979, a second FOIA submission and subsequent phone call from the MRC confirmed that there is no mistake and we were given all records that were releasable to the general public. He further confirmed that when the designation of N/A was entered into a box on the summary sheet (NA FORM 13164) it meant that there is nothing else. For instance — DECORATIONS AND AWARDS: N/A = No medals.
There is absolutely no doubt that Michael Sprouse has done exemplary work with Paralyzed Veterans in Florida. However, his official military records do not support his claims of being in the USMC for eight years or achieving the rank of SSgt. Also, Sprouse’s official records do not support his claim of serving as a Drill Instructor at MCRD Parris Island, SC.