War record of man injured in veterans' parade questioned

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War record of man injured in veterans' parade questioned

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HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. -

A train crash at a veterans' parade has revealed the truth about a local man's supposed war record.

The November accident shook the country: a Texas parade honoring military veterans crossed in front of a train. The crash left four dead and injured more than a dozen others.

Two of those injured hailed from metro Atlanta: Holly Springs police officer Shane Ladner and his wife Meg. She lost her left leg.

But there are questions now about what Ladner really did in the military and why his application to be included in this parade and free hunting trip contained far more fiction than fact.

So what are those lies? And why is this Georgia man driving around with a Purple Heart license plate when official Army records say he never got a Purple Heart?

Click the video above to watch FOX 5 I-Team reporter Randy Travis' report.


Shane Ladner' Statement issued by his Attorney, Kevin Glasheen,
Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, April 29, 2013


We represent Shane Ladner regarding injuries he sustained in the Midland train wreck that occurred in November, 2012 when a Union Pacific train struck a parade honoring injured veterans.  Shane is a decorated veteran.  He was wounded and received a Purple Heart during his service in Central America.  Shane was stationed in Honduras at the time he was wounded during a grenade attack while on patrol doing drug interdiction tactics in Central America.  Shane was instructed to say that he suffered his wounds during Operation Just Cause in Panama rather than when and where the events actually occurred because of the sensitive nature of the military's involvement in drug interdiction in that region.

The discrepancy about when and where Shane's injuries occurred has led to questions about the validity of Shane's Purple Heart.  This has been complicated by the fact that the Army records in St. Louis are apparently incomplete, and did not contain the DD 214 issued by Ft. Benning which does reflect the Purple Heart.  We have requested Shane Ladner's service records from Ft. Benning, Georgia where the Purple Heart award should be found in their base records.  We have also requested Shane's medical records from the hospital in Panama where he was treated following the grenade attack.  We think it is irresponsible and reckless to publicly question Shane Ladner's military records before the records from Fort Benning and the medical records from the Veteran's Administration have been received.  This is a malicious effort by an irresponsible journalist to get ratings by reaching a premature conclusion about Shane's records and rushing a story to the public based on speculation and incomplete information.  The law firm of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman will not have any further statements at this time until the complete records are received.  Attached is the copy of the DD 214 that Shane received from Ft. Benning and that we are attempting to confirm is in Ft. Benning's records.

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