Just imitating a war hero shouldn't get anybody any jail time, but John Rodriguez deserves the 7 1/2 years he'll get for representing himself as a Marine with several presitigious medals, because he used the deception to profit fraudently:
He gained access to military bases, received discounted airline tickets, went to the Marine Corps Ball and briefly acquired a job with a local health-care provider that gave him access to sensitive information on veterans.
He also signed documents claiming to be on active duty and listed military status when he tried to gain employment.
Congrats, John. You're finally going to be a verteran, just not of an outfit with "the few, the proud" as a motto.