3-15-13

Stolen Valor Legislation Advances

The House Judiciary Committee this week approved the “Stolen Valor Act” (H.R. 258), sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.). The FRA-supported measure seeks to protect the integrity of military awards by making it a crime to knowingly benefit from making fraudulent claims about military decorations. 

In June of 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned (United Statesv Alvarez) a similar law on the grounds that it infringed on constitutionally-protected free speech. FRA supported the earlier legislation and signed on to a Friend of the Court (Amicus) brief when the case was considered by the high court. The current legislation should withstand constitutional scrutiny because it more narrowly focuses on those who seek to benefit from misrepresentation of military service – not the lie itself. The legislation now moves to the House floor for further consideration.

Members are urged to use the Action Center to ask their representative to vote for this legislation.