5-24-13

House and Senate Approve Stolen Valor Act

The House and Senate approved the FRA-supported “Stolen Valor Act” this week and the measure now awaits White House approval. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.), protects the integrity of military awards by making it a crime to knowingly benefit from fraudulent claims of military decorations. In June of 2012, the Supreme Court (United States v. Alvarez) overturned a previous Stolen Valor law on the grounds that it infringed on constitutionally-protected free speech.

This bill makes a key change to the previous language that should withstand constitutional scrutiny because the legislation narrowly focuses on those who seek to benefit from their misrepresentations of military awards – not the lie itself. FRA thanks the nearly 1,600 shipmates who contacted their senators on short notice this week, urging them to “fast-track” the bill for rapid approval by the full Senate. Your efforts paid dividends!