The claims of a dedicated member of the Occupy Buffalo movement that he saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are not supported by Army records.
Christopher M. Simmance has told several media outlets, including The Buffalo News, that he served as many as three tours of duty in those war zones and that he was severely injured in Afghanistan.
Service records obtained from the Army, however, show he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., for three years and he left the active-duty Army in January 2001 -- before the 9/11 terror attacks.
From February 2006 to March 2007, Simmance said he was again in "the Valley of Elah," Afghanistan, and, after returning from that deployment, he was ordered back to Afghanistan's "Congo Valley" in April 2007.
There is no Congo Valley in Afghanistan.
"I cannot confirm any of what he said," Denise Simmance, his mother, told The News.
When both the Army and your mother won't back your play then you're in a heap of trouble.
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