Skip to comments.Stolen Valor Act of 2005
Posted on 01/18/2006 8:24:39 PM PST by Calpernia
In July, Congressman Salazar introduced HR 3352 - the Stolen Valor Act of 2005. His bill aims to expand federal law enforcement's ability to prosecute individuals who claim to have received military medals they did not earn.
These imposters degrade the meaning of medals earned in service to our nation and sometimes use their "standing" as a medal recipient to commit further fraud and more dangerous crimes.
Congressman Salazars Stolen Valor bill already has bipartisan support. In the first week alone, more than 50 Members of Congress signed up to help defend the honor of our veterans.
Ok, I give in. I suppose on the rare occasion they do something GOOD even for the wrong reason we should support them. :-)
I'll try reading the list again....maybe if I read slower? :)
This is a good one!
HA! Wonder what the pucker factor shot up to in the Murtha and Kerry camps?
Ref: The purple hearts they gave out to the patrol that was captured by Albanians during the Bosnian dustup.
Purple heart medals are not supposed to be given for being captured.
thank you for the ping
The MOPH are behind this bill. Many of them were consulted when Salazar had this drafted. I'm sure issues like that were taken into consideration.
That should have been done a long time ago.
Murtha's War Hero Status Called Into Question
Very interesting on who's missing. Let's get the word out.
Would this have been a procedure for Kerry too?
We were told "Not Register DD 214s with the county" It would allow crooks to steal our SSNs but I did have the VA certify them for medical benefits.
Not a shock but yes. I added it to this evenings MFVOV blog.
`(b) False Claims About Receipt of Military Medals- Whoever falsely represents himself or herself, verbally or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, or the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or medal, or any colorable imitation thereof shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.'; and
(5) by adding at the end the following:
`(d) Other Medals- If a decoration or medal involved in an offense under subsection (a) or (b) is a Distinguished Service Cross awarded under Section 3742 of title 10, an Air Force Cross awarded under section 8742 of section 10, a Navy cross awarded under section 6242 of title 10, a silver star awarded under section 3746, 6244, or 8746 of title 10, or a Purple Heart awarded under section 1129 of title 10, or any replacement or duplicate medal as authorized by statute, in lieu of the punishment provided in that subsection, the offender shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
I LOVE bloggers! Get that word out!
I wonder if Sen. Harkin will support this bill. He is highlighted in the book Stolen Valor as someone who lied about serving in combat when he never did.
I don't believe the author of this bill is a veteran. Why would a non veteran author this bill and more importantly, why hasn't a veteran in congress thought of it yet?
What about people who got medals that do not exist like Senator Kerry?
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