Stolen Valor Act Re-vamp Gets Bi-partisan Support

Posted: September 15, 2012 in Military
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As written about numerous times here, the ongoing saga of the Stolen Valor Act continues, this time with less ambiguity in targeting what constitutes a crime.  Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the law as it existed as un-Constitutional by violating the First Amendment.  Essentially, they decided, not unanimously, that it was ok to lie about your service, specifically, earning the Medal of Honor, as was the case with Xavier Alvarez.  I will not belabor the point with Alvarez, but I do thank the many people who have come back to read about this injustice and for their comments as well.

The House this week re-introduced a re-vamp of Stolen Valor which will specifically target those who use their service or, lack there of, to profit from.  While it does not make illegal the ability to outright lie about what you have done for your country, it will fall within the guidelines set forth by the USSC.  The language of the new act has no ambiguity in its wording.  In a strange twist of events, the Senate is also floating a bill.  It will be interesting to see how this one pans out and which bill will make it to the President.

You can read about the new act, passed in the House by a 410-3 vote, here: http://articles.cnn.com/2012-09-13/politics/politics_stolen-valor-act_1_stolen-valor-act-bill-targets-medals

I will keep up to date as I find out more.

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