Sunday, December 24, 2006

Should Have Happened Years Ago.....

From the Grand Junction (Colorado) Sentinel
Saturday, December 23, 2006

President Bush signed legislation Wednesday that makes it illegal for anyone to wear unearned military medals.

The Stolen Valor Act was sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., whose 3rd Congessional District includes most of the Western Slope. Salazar is the only veteran in the Colorado congressional delegation.

“This day has been a long time in coming,” Salazar said, “The brave men and women who have earned awards for service to our country should not have those honors tarnished by frauds.”

The act not only makes it a federal crime to fraudulently wear combat medals, but also to falsely claim they were awarded.

Hat tip to Uncawho for the story.


At Tuesday, December 26, 2006 7:18:00 PM, Anonymous Sendarius said...

Does the act allow for children and/or grandchildren of fallen servicemen and women to wear the medals in parades?

Here in Oz, there has been a huge resurgence in ANZAC Day parades with the kids taking the places of their veteran ancestors. In all, a good thing.

At Wednesday, December 27, 2006 3:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a welcome bit of legislation!


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