William Colvard's wedding is making big news, it turns out he's not the "wounded warrior" he's been saying he was.
Colvard's wedding was the subject of two television stories on Saturday, and Colvard and his bride celebrated the nuptials they never had five years ago when they were married.
The reason, the story went: He had been injured in combat in Iraq, and they couldn't afford a ceremony.
Now, Colvard says he was never injured in combat, and apologizes to a number of people he's been lying to for the last several years.
Paradise Cove owner Tina Nealy arranged for William Colvard to have a wedding free of charge.
"I feel violated. I feel completely violated," said Tina Nealy, who owns Paradise Cove, a wedding venue on Lake Grapevine.
She volunteered to throw a wedding with all the trimmings for the Colvards when she heard their story.
"Their time was donated thinking they were doing the right thing for a wounded warrior," Nealy said.
Colvard was living on a legend that had begun at least two years ago, when he was honored in a "McAfee Military Moment" celebration at a Frisco Rough Riders game.
"In March of 2008, his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb which caused the Humvee he was in to roll over," a news release said. "He [Colvard] suffered burns, a separated shoulder and hearing loss."
The Rough Riders said the news release was based on an interview with Colvard, he approved it, and was there when it was read at the baseball game.
Colvard now concedes to News 8 that he was lying.
He was never injured in a bombed convoy, he said. He said he hurt his shoulder diving over a wall at Camp Taji, a large base in Iraq. Records show he was in the National Guard, and spent seven months on active duty in Iraq. He spent an additional 17 months in rehabilitation in San Antonio, he said.
He said he was a wounded warrior, and accepted gifts form a thankful community. But William Colvard has changed his story, as Byron Harris reports.
Records indicate he was honorably discharged five years ago.