12/18/2015 by militaryphonies
Recent reports of Campbell making bizarre claims about his service made us curious. We decided to order his records and conduct an investigation.
News articles make claims about his service that appeared to be doubtful.
Seven tours in Afghanistan and Iraq had taken a toll on Joey Campbell’s body, including one incident when he was caught in an ambush attack and his unit took a direct hit from a 120 millimeter mortar shell.
Seven tours of duty, we would certainly honor that kind of sacrifice.
Mr. Campbell is now 100 percent disabled. He medically retired from the military in 2011 as a decorated war hero with two Bronze Star Medals, and served both in the Marines and the Army.”
Two Bronze Star Medals would be impressive.
Mr. Campbell was joined today by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, DNew
Mexico, as representatives from Kirtland Federal Credit Union (Kirtland FCU) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) announced he was the recipient of the first Housing Assistance for Veterans (HAVEN) grant inNew Mexico.
“Few sacrifices are as selfless as those our military service men and women make in defense of our country,” said Senator Heinrich. “It is a privilege to recognize Mr. Campbell’s immeasurable service as the first HAVEN recipient in New Mexico. By making these funds available through the HAVEN grant program, Kirtland Federal Credit Union and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas are strengthening our community and honoring the courage, bravery, and determination of our veterans that drive each of us to be better servants of our cherished America.”
Senator Heinrich appeared to be impressed by Campbell’s service.
“This program is different,” said Chuck Crisler, assistant vice president of public relations at Kirtland FCU, and a 30year Air Force veteran. “FHLB Dallas has a lot of community programs to help people, but this is the only one where to qualify you have to be a hero; this is the only one where you qualify through heroic service and heroic achievement.”
$14,100 to replace the worn carpet throughout Mr. Campbell’s home with hardwood floors. Because of illness resulting from his injuries, Mr. Campbell has trouble walking and the seams in the carpet posed a tripping hazard.
You can read the whole article at this link and another one here. We looked into his official records to see what they had to say. He did serve both in the Marines and Army. He was deployed while in the Marines. For two months at the beginning of OIF. He does have a Combat Acton Ribbon. He was sent back to the U.S. for his end of enlistment discharge. He joined the National Guard in 2008 and later was retired as a Sgt. No Purple Heart or Bronze Star medals on file. No record of 7 Deployments. Even with a DD-215 correction.
This appears to be a case where a veteran with perfectly honorable service has a need to embellish what any veteran should have been proud of in the first place. Telling wild tales of heroic deeds to people is simply not necessary. He very well may have been helped by various Veteran programs without any embellishment. We are not sure how the program that provided him funds defines heroic service and heroic achievement, but we can not help but wonder if the claims of two Bronze Stars had something to do with it.
We admire Senator Heinrich for being involved with Veteran causes. We just wish he would ask for a DD 214 before he provides funds to someone. Would the Senator have supported this cause had he known there were no Bronze Stars or Combat Injuries involved with Campbell’s service? Maybe, but we will never know.
None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes. When people make false claims about their military service it is often the tip of an iceberg. There are usually other issues connected to these people.
I guess you could call us skeptical, but for a guy that needed $14,100 to put down hard wood floors because his injuries were so severe that he might injure himself traversing the rigors of carpeting, he appears to get around just fine. Injuries heal with time, maybe he is all better now.
It is an honorable thing to help those in need. There is absolutely nothing wrong with accepting some help, all of us have needed it at one time or another.
Who knows, maybe he will explain the 2 Bronze Stars or just man up to making false claims about his service and move on in life. Until then, we would recommend a healthy amount of caution when dealing with Mr. Campbell. Telling bizarre stories about his service when there is absolutely no need to embellish what he actually did do is baffling. He is not and never has been a covert operator skulking about the Middle East on secret missions. He did his duty and came home, just like the rest of us.