Urban Outfitters Infuriates Veterans with New Clothing Line
Editor’s note: Proving the strength and power of the Veteran Community, Urban Outfitters has recently pulled their military patch clothing line after tremendous pressure from people such as yourself. A statement on their Facebook page reads: “Thank you for your comments and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. It is never Urban Outfitters’ intention to offend our customers. We respect the military and value our nation’s veterans and those in active duty. Although the use of military insignias is common practice within fashion industry trends, we understand your concerns and will remove the Standard Cloth Patches Blue Vest from our website.” The link has been changed and now, in place of the vest that once bore a 3/75 Ranger Battalion Scroll, exists only this picture:
Great work by the Ranger Up Nation and the Veteran Community to make a loud noise in the face of blatant stupidity.
By Kerry Patton
Urban Outfitters, the hip clothing line, just released new apparel consisting of US military patches. For many Americans, this seems harmless. But for those who served, it’s a smack in the face.
The military uniform represents a nation’s history and honors those who served in specific units. Each uniform worn by US service members carries some form of insignia. That insignia represents valor, those who fought before us, and the camaraderie founded within.
Not every American deserves to wear the uniform of our Armed Forces let alone its variants of military insignias. Only those who served in specific units deserve such rights.
Many frauds have been discovered in the United States. In fact, Stolen Valor laws have been passed in an attempt to preserve the honor of those who served. Yet for whatever reason, Urban Outfitters is facilitating, through its newest fashion line, its customers to steal the valor of those who actually served.
As a veteran, I would never think about wearing the 75th Ranger Regiment scroll. I was never a Ranger and only those Rangers who served in that unit deserve such right. Then again, I never served in “The Big Red One,” hence I would never wear that patch, either.
But anyone can now wear such patches by simply going to Urban Outfitters.
Many veterans like me are outraged.
Veterans struggled to earn the honor to represent the units we were assigned to. And yes, struggle is the appropriate word here. We work our asses off to enter specific units. Many of our brothers fighting in such units died wearing these patches. Yet for whatever reason, Urban Outfitters, feels a need to grant others the freedom to represent something they never physically fought for.
Urban Outfitters is stealing our valor, and many of us veterans are furious.