Vets scorn false claim of Medal of Honor

first_imgWhen he was confronted following the announcement last month of federal charges against him, Alvarez admitted he never served in the military. “A member of this board has been accused of misrepresenting himself as a United States veteran and a Medal of Honor recipient,” said John Sampson, a military veteran and Pomona resident. “I ask you, Xavier Alvarez, to formally apologize to all veterans of the United States, and to your board members, and to your constituents in a published forum for all to see.” When Sampson approached Alvarez after a break in the meeting, Alvarez took aim at media accounts of the controversy. “I do apologize for what the media wrote. It wasn’t true,” Alvarez told Sampson. “I must have mis-said things. It wasn’t supposed to go that way. Reserve your comments.” Bob Kuhn, president of the Three Valleys board of directors, said during the meeting the board would respond to issues surrounding Alvarez in the future. “This board will deal with it very, very seriously when the time is proper,” Kuhn said. “Right now I apologize, but if there’s an issue that needs to be taken up with the court it will be taken up with the court, and we’ll deal with the issue when we have to.” Alvarez is scheduled to be arraigned in a federal court in Los Angeles on Nov. 26, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. [email protected]com (909) 483-8553160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.During his remarks, Frost pinned to his shirt a Bronze Star that he earned in 1969. “This is the first day it’s ever been outside my home,” Frost said. “This is the first day it’s even been outside its presentation case.” Alvarez was charged by federal authorities last month with falsely claiming he won the Medal of Honor, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Alvarez said during the July meeting that he retired from military service in 2001 after 25 years in the Marines. “Back in 1987 I was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor,” he said. CLAREMONT – Veterans at a public meeting Wednesday sharply criticized the water board member charged with falsely claiming he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Xavier Alvarez, Pomona’s representative on the Three Valleys Municipal Water District board of directors, sat silently as three veterans criticized him for claims he made at the July 23 meeting of the Walnut Valley Water District at which he was a guest. “I’m embarrassed for Three Valleys MWD,” said Jim Frost, former mayor and current resident of Rancho Cucamonga. “I’m embarrassed for its professional staff, and I’m embarrassed for other members of its elected board. “And I’m especially embarrassed for any voters who placed Mr. Alvarez in office in the belief that he is of honorable character.” last_img read more