Man who claimed to be a homeless veteran speaks out

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - John Vigil claimed to be a homeless veteran and is out of jail and not wanting to answer most questions.

A spokesman with the U.S. Air Force said Friday that they have no record of Vigil serving in the Air Force.

"Yes, I was in the military. (Reporter) How come the military has no record of you ever being in the military? Because that is classified," Vigil said.

In May, dressed in uniform, Vigil said he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was homeless.

He said he suffered from PTSD and was living out of a Penske truck with his animals.

"This is what is left of my existence," Vigil said.

Patty Steenbuck, a Lantana resident who heard his story, took him in because she felt bad for him.

Police charged Vigil with battery and say Steenbuck had multiple injuries.

"(Reporter) Did you hit her? No.," Vigil said.

Vigil insists we don't know the entire story, but he would not elaborate.

He is denying that the Penske rental truck was stolen out of Colorado.

"I didn't steal no truck...I'm not wanted out of Colorado," Vigil said.

As Steenbuck recovers from her injuries, WPTV found Vigil with a new woman outside the Comfort Inn Friday. She said she feels sorry for him.

"I just want to help him. Someone needs to help him," she said.

According to Animal Care and Control, Vigil was at the shelter on Friday to see his dogs and cats and told an employee he planned to pick them up when he has a new place to live.

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