It appears that a scammer, who goes by the name Newtyer1 has been making the rounds on various fly fishing forums, handing out a sob story about how he is a disabled veteran with a sick daughter, and people send him tying materials, rods, etc. He then turns around and sells them.
The Washington FF forum recently lit up with people who have tried to buy or sell rods and don't receive payment. Several people reported that they were moved by his story, so they sent him tying equipment, which he promptly sold on the same forum.
As the WFF forum was getting heated, people started coming in from Project Healing Waters and various east coast forums reporting the same type of thing. He apparently was contacting the vendors that support PHW, getting free gear (like 2 Orvis rods), and selling them.
On another forum, he put out a sob story about how he needed money so he could travel upstate to visit his dying daughter before her final operation. People donated over a thousand dollars, which he used to purchase a top of the line fly rod.
This is the link to the WFF thread.
His name is Scott Martin and he apparently lives in Virginia. Don't fall for a scam.
If not for the generosity I encountered in my early days of fly fishing, I might not have stuck with it. People donating their old gear, flies, and knowledge is what keeps this sport going around. People like this jackass who exploit that cause a huge amount of damage to our sport.
And exploiting your service record to scam people out of money and possessions is beyond despicable, and a slap in the face to our veterans.
So please be on the lookout for this guy, and don't fall for his scam.