I’ve tried numerous times to reach Ryan Zull’s attorney, Scott Simpson. Ryan won’t respond to the accusations against him and his attorney won’t return numerous phone calls and an email asking for information.
What Ryan Zull is doing, however, is running a Gold Star Mother through the ringer. On top of having to deal with someone using her son’s name to raise money for a personal project under the guise of “charity,” this mother now has to worry about going to court.
Ryan is claiming that Lance Corporal Phillip D. Vinnedge’s mother is harrassing him for demanding that he not use her son’s name or image on his fliers. Zull’s lawyer is even trying to get Mrs. Vinnedge to agree to back off and stop exposing him in exchange for never using her son’s name again. This is the most absurd request I’ve ever heard!
I’ve made several calls and fielded numerous emails since writing my initial story about Ryan Zull here. They paint a disturbing picture of Ryan Zull. Because of the damning nature of these allegations and my inability to prove them, I won’t list them here. My goal is simply to publicize the despicable actions of a man lying about who he is.
The Supreme Court ruled – rightly in my opinion – that the First Amendment protects citizens that lie about being in the military or receiving certain medals and commendations. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t ridicule and expose these losers of society through public humiliation. If Ryan Zull doesn’t want to come clean about his military history, we’ll do it for him. To impersonate a member of the military and project an image that you’ve accomplished something many troops have given their blood, sweat and tears to achieve is one of the lowest forms of perversion.
So, since the Stolen Valour Act is unconstitutional, it’s incumbent upon us to ensure these guys aren’t able to freely use the accomplish of our troops as their own. And I definitely won’t allow such a dishonorable person to harrass a Gold Star Mother if there’s anything I can do about it.
Tomorrow, Mrs. Vinnedge goes to court and will need your support, prayers, and encouragement. She will be going to court trying to get an Order of Protection against the person that has used her son’s name and picture to support his “Charity”, a Memorial Garden on his private property – his front lawn. He has also filed for an Order of Protection against this Gold Star Mother, saying she caused him pain, slandered him, is harassing him and making false claims about him. He is blaming her for vandalism and harassment towards his family by others.
All she wants is for him to stop using the names of our military KIA’S and making up identities for true Hero’s that have been killed protecting our freedom. She does not wish any harm to any child and just wants him to stop disgracing our true Heroes. She does NOT ever condone vandalism or harassment, especially of children. So, the allegations against her are completely false and more than likely a smokescreen to divert attention from him.
On Zull’s top row of the ribbons he’s wearing here, he claims to have been awarded: The Navy/Marine Corps Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and what appears to be the Legion of Merit. It is nearly unheard of to earn the Legion of Merit with anything less than 20 years of service. But, even assuming he is entitled to this medal, he has the order of his top row incorrect. The Legion of Merit is two medals higher in the order of merit than the Navy/Marine Corps Medal. The Navy/Marine Corps Medal is on par with the Soldier’s Medal in the Army. In order to earn that, one must have committed an extreme act of heroism not involving combat. Typically, it is awarded for actions involving the risk of one’s own life. The middle ribbon on the top row should be the third in order of merit.
While difficult to tell, it appears that the middle ribbon of the second row is either an upside down Combat Action Ribbon. The first ribbon on the third row down to the viewer’s left appears to be a Purple Heart. However, both of these ribbons are out of order of merit, like the first row.
Ryan Zull is obviously a fraud. His records do not indicate such valorous medals nor do they indicate any deployments that would earn him a Combat Action Ribbon or Purple Heart. He’s also holding an officers hat instead of that of a CPO!