1-25-2013

Stolen Valor Legislation Introduced

Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.) recently introduced the “Stolen Valor Act” (H.R. 258) 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 (United Statesv. Alvarez)overturned 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 recently-introduced bill should withstand constitutional scrutiny and more narrowly focuses on those who seek to benefit from misrepresentation of military service – not the lie itself.

Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their representatives to support this legislation.