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Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

An Illinois congressman in the Air National Guard is pressing Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg to do more to stop "romance scams," especially since many U.S. service members have become targets of the illicit activity.

In a letter sent to Zuckerberg Wednesday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, said he is "increasingly concerned" by these scams — where Internet users anywhere in the world claim to be veterans and exploit victims for money — that are consistently perpetuated on the social media platform. He asked Zuckerberg to better weed out fake accounts and improve security of the site to that end.

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Facebook

It started with a simple question: “Any of my Air Force people know this guy?” and a photo of the missing, uhm, individual.

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Handout/Palm Beach Post

The vice chair of a little-known environmental panel resigned Wednesday after she came under fire for cursing at a U.S. Army veteran, calling him a traitor and speaking ill of fallen veterans in a Facebook chat earlier this month.

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Associated Press/Moises Castillo

An Oregon Army National Guardsman is being disciplined for posting "they're lucky we aren't executing them" on a viral Facebook fundraiser for immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Courtesy Bryan Denny

In the summer of 2015, Bryan Denny received a peculiar message in his LinkedIn inbox.

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Photo courtesy of the unofficial Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page.

Do not look for the sky penis. That is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth: There is no sky penis.

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