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Man posing as veteran charged with forgery after trying to obtain veteran status

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – A man is facing charges and criticism after authorities say he pretended to be a veteran.

Eric Wolfe claimed he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after spending seven years in the United States Air Force.

During that time, he says he was deployed to Afghanistan as a canine bomb handler.

“It was pretty bad, it still affects me to this day,” Wolfe told KPHO.

It was that experience, he claims, that inspired him to create a K9 training program to help other veterans suffering from PTSD.

However, the Veterans Administration claims it is all a lie.

Investigators say Wolfe allegedly forged his name on a military release form so he could acquire a veteran license plate and receive veteran status on his ID.

Court documents say the move “was part of his continuing scheme to raise money for several of his non-profit K9 programs to help veterans.”

Now, Wolfe is facing a forgery charge.