BRANDON, FL, March 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Retired Navy SEAL - Senior Chief - Don Shipley spent 24 years operating as a REAL US Navy SEAL. Shipley has teamed up with noted Tampa Bay Trial Attorney - Gene Odom
, Esq. in order to pursue his passion of exposing and eliminating the growing problem of fake and phony SEALs. Gene Odom, Esq. has earned a reputation as a Trial Lawyer winning numerous multimillion dollar verdicts in a variety of civil cases involving forensics, security breaches, science, medicine and engineering.
Ret. Senior Chief Shipley and Attorney Odom
have settled on Tampa, Florida as the jurisdiction to bring their claims for many undisclosed reasons. One reason they chose Tampa is that Tampa is the home of MacDill Air Force Base and head of SOCOM operations, making it a hotbed for recruiting of potential SEAL candidates, as well as phony SEALs. In addition to running "extremesealexperience.com" Senior Chief Shipley posts a weekly or semi-weekly YouTube posting called "phony seal of the week." The YouTube postings are usually satirical and laced with sarcasm and comedy and only attack the most egregious offending - phony SEALs. Phony SEALs that obtain an Internet audience can go viral and create a false impression of what a Navy SEAL really looks and acts like. This type of fraud and deceit affects the employ-ability of recently retired or Honorably Discharged Navy SEALs.
Navy SEALs entering the civilian workforce have to compete for jobs just like everyone else. Discharged Navy SEALs have to obtain work and support their families just like every other recently discharged veteran. The average Navy SEAL is not interested in exploiting his military accomplishments that led to his becoming a SEAL or any of the missions or higher-level training environments that he encountered. However, having the ability to put the words Navy SEAL on a resume creates a competitive advantage that far exceeds most civilian accomplishments. If phony SEALs are permitted to tarnish the reputation of real SEALs by viral Internet interviews and totally false and sensationalized statements about killing innocent people, stealing, torturing, etc. - the employability, and general public acceptance of discharged and retired SEALs can suffer greatly. Nothing could be more detrimental to the honor bestowed upon the greatest military fighters the history of warfare has ever been able to produce.
The fact of the matter is that SEALs, both active-duty and discharged, are regular people with regular problems just like everyone else. They have families that they love. They have hobbies that they enjoy. And, many have dreams that they wish to pursue that are not limited to their Special Operations military service. The average civilian SEAL is a meek and mild man, usually in better-than-average shape, which easily fits in to any environment and society. The difference is very simply - training that man was able to accomplish gives him a strategic mindset - to obtain mental and physical achievements that far exceed what any average civilian could think possible. The intrusion into Ret. Senior Chief's training program and commitment to train young SEAL prospects is incredulous. The intrusion into the sacrifice of all active-duty and civilian SEALs, who managed to escape the fate of many of their fallen brethren, is disgusting. The disrespect to the families and the memories of those fallen SEAL comrades is beyond what words can describe.
We are committed to financially attacking every SEAL imposter who takes it upon himself to take on the persona of an active-duty, retired or discharged Navy SEAL for any level of personal gain or satisfaction. Notwithstanding the fate of the Stolen Valor Act - our cause and the civil causes of action that exist give us viable claims to prosecute until there are no more SEAL imposters left.