Surname: Smith
Christian Names: Ross B
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

With a reputation as a “magic hands” physio, Ross has treated many veterans with muscular/joint disabilities and accordingly is on the payroll of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Australian Commonwealth Government body whose charter is the care and welfare of our war veterans

This website was contacted by a Viet Nam Veteran who was undergoing a course of physiotherapy from Ross, it seems this errant manipulator saw fit to prevaricate and take the false trail of attempting to impress with tales of “Covert actions” in Viet Nam with the famed Special Air Service, the SAS, - tales of blood and guts and “Secret missions” spewed from his mouth.

 The Veteran in question suffers deep bouts of depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] from Viet Nam service and put simply, did not need the additional stressors to awaken the demons inside his head.   He simply required treatment for muscular manipulation and on more than one occasion was subjected to the stressful exposure to traumas he was attempting to avoid.

 CPMH conducted a thorough investigation into the possible Military Service involving Smith and guess what?  None – and it follows that he never served in Viet Nam nor served with the elite SAS.  Smith was contacted by mail and given the mandatory 14 days right of reply.

 On 18 November 2002, CPMH received his written admission that he never served and that he was not a Viet Nam Veteran.  Smith also apologised for his actions and advised that he had accessed the website.

 When considering website exposure CPMH took into account the apology and admission of bogus Veteran status, however, the majority consensus was that from our experience, if a person has repeatedly offended with tales of false activities with one person, the odds are that this person is a serial offender and accordingly Smith has earned the dubious right to make his debut on our “Rogues Gallery”.

 To take this case to court would place undue stress on the Veteran involved. He is attempting to overcome the unnecessary and unwarranted invasion of his troubles Active Service history.  Of notable interest was the article in the Sunday Herald/Sun [Melbourne] dated 30 March 2003, which states in part “The penalty for wrongly claiming to be a returned Soldier, Sailor or Airman would increase from $200 fine to $3300 and up to six months jail under proposals introduced to Federal Parliament”  [This is reproduced in full on the opening page of CPMH]

 Whatever the punishment this bogus Veteran attracts from his peers and the relevant authority, he deserves – one would have thought his involvement with the Olympic Gold Medal team would have been enough credit.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.


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