Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Stolen Valor Act of 2005 is a Good Law

Pres George W Bush signed into law the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which states:
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, any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration, or medal, or any colorable imitation of such item shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than six months, or both.... If a decoration or medal involved in an offense... is a distinguished-service cross..., a Navy cross..., an Air Force cross..., a silver star..., a Purple Heart, or any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal..., the offender shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
The Medal of Honor [click to enlarge]

As far as I am concerned, the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 is a good law that should remain in force. Our nation needs this law in order to recognize for posterity the distinguished service of its military veterans. Such honors are not intended to be taken lightly by society.

Source: Stolen Valor Act of 2005, 109th Congress, 2005–2006.

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