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.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

Commander shows off Team March at Capitol Hill

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan (From left to right) U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, who represents the 41st District of California, and Julia Steinberger, senior legislative assistant to Takano’s office, discus...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher

Yellow Ribbon program supports Airman inspired by family history

U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher Almira Pasic and her youngest son, Memsudin, participate in an activity during the Warrior Support Forum, at a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, held in Chandler, Ariz., July 26...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Through the glass: Veteran remembers his past

Courtesy photo Retired Lt. Col. Bruce Sooy receives a demonstration flight at Nut Tree Airport, Calif., July 2015. It had been 56 years since he had last flown an aircraft. (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eye...
 

 
Brigade3

News from the 304th Sustainment Brigade’s Facebook page

Army Reserve Pvt. 2nd Class Kiet Duong, a culinary specialist with the 387th, sifts flour through a sieve during the competition. Duong, a Garden Grove, Calif., native, used the flour in the baked wheat rolls and Boston cream c...
 
 
Courtesy photo of Marine Maj. Bridget Guerrero (ret.)

Marine vet honors fallen female troops with 160-mile run

Courtesy photo of Marine Maj. Bridget Guerrero (ret.) Marine Maj. Bridget Guerrero (ret.) ran 160 miles around the Puget Sound in Washington from July 23-26, 2015. Each mile represented a female service member who lost her life...
 
 
150725-F-RK887-023

Swarz assumes command of 452nd Security Forces Squadron

The 452nd Security Forces Squadron held an Assumption of Command ceremony at the Cultural Resource Center here on Saturday, July 25, 2015. During the ceremony Lt. Col. Arthur J. Rodi, deputy commander, 452nd Mission Support Gro...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>