It takes the heart of a warrior to find deception and take it down – and that’s exactly what those stealing valor have coming for them. What greater way to disrespect our veterans than pretend to be one to score social point is there? “Stolen Valor” has been the term used to describe those who fake military service, and for a number of years, it was actually illegal to fake military service.
Back in 2013, Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act. The law amended the Federal criminal code to make it a crime for a person to fraudulently claim having received any of a series of particular military decorations and awards with the intention of obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefit from convincing someone that he or she rightfully did receive that award. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court struck that law down, claiming it to be a violation of a Constitutional right to freedom of speech.
Because of that, we can’t punish them legally…. but we can embarrass them. And trust me, there are plenty of them to embarrass. U.S. troops and veterans have long loathed those who fake military service, and in an era of social media and cell phone cameras, they now expose them rapidly for the entire world to see. Type “stolen Valor” into YouTube and you’ll see countless viral videos exposing those faking military service in public.
Here’s just the latest to go viral…
To be honest – I’d rather have stolen valor abolished by actual veterans making viral videos out of embarrassing these idiots than the government fining them.
On second thought, I have a second idea. Instead of criminalizing their idiocy, why don’t we instead award them with a Medal of Dishonor?