DoD

August 16, 2013

The Stolen Valor Act makes a comeback

photo
 

Congress has once again taken measures to protect the integrity and honor of several military honors. On June 3rd, 2013, the President signed into law an updated version of the Stolen Valor Act. This Act makes it unlawful for “whoever, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a recipient” of certain medals and distinctions. Included in this list of medals are the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Silver Star, the Air Force Cross, and the Purple Heart. Certain combat badges, such as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Action Ribbon, or Combat Action Medal, are also included under this law. Penalties for violating this law can include fines of up to 100,000 dollars and/or up to one year in prison for each violation.

This new law revised the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 that was recently struck down by the Supreme Court. The previous version of this law was struck down because of its overbroad language that encompassed all dishonest representations of military decorations. Specifically, Justice Kennedy’s opinion stated that the previous law was unconstitutional because, “Were the Court to hold that the interest in truthful discourse alone is sufficient to sustain a ban on speech, absent any evidence that the speech was used to gain a material advantage, it would give government a broad censorial power unprecedented in this Court’s cases or in our constitutional tradition.” By requiring that false representations be used for material gain, Congress seems to have complied with the previous ruling. This law is an important step to address recent increases in military decorations fraud and to protect the value of these military honors.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

VA guarantees its 21 millionth home loan

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this month that it has guaranteed 21 million home loans since the Home Loan Guaranty program was established in 1944 as part of the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the “GI Bill.” This achievement comes during the year-long commemoration of 70 years...
 
 
ncsam-graphic

Online vigilance helps reduce security risks

I received at least five emails last week warning me to secure my social media settings and be aware of what I post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Why? Do you not like to see what I had for dinner last night? Too many #sel...
 
 
Photo courtesy/ Dial M Productions

Hap Arnold’s first “Dial M for Murder” a success

Photo courtesy/ Dial M Productions Cast members from “Dial M Productions” mingle with guests at the “Dial M for Murder” murder mystery dinner theater held at the Hap Arnold Grand Ballroom, Oct. 18. So “who dunnit”? ...
 

 

Ghost stories, paranormal experiences abundant at March Field

(Final in a five-part series on things that go bump in the night) You may not have noticed that last week’s ghost story left you hanging. What did the chaplain see when he looked out the window in his door? What did your imagination tell you? Did you finish the story? Read on and you...
 
 

October is National Physical Therapy Month

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — October is National Physical Therapy Month, an annual observation hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to highlight how America’s 88,000 physical therapy professionals can help transform lives by restoring and improving motion. This is reflected in the APTA’s new vision: “Transforming society by optimizing movements to improve the human expe...
 
 

News Briefs October 31, 2014

REMEMBER TO “FALL BACK”! Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, so don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night, change Oct. to Nov. It’s also a great time to test your smoke detectors! Flu Campaign in full swing Mandatory flu shots...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin