A Purple Heart medal appears in this undated photograph.
Today is George Washington's birthday, and it's the first president's image that appears on one of the military's most recognizable honors - the Purple Heart. So it seems only fitting that the nation's highest court is hearing a case today on whether it should be a crime to lie about earning military honors like the Purple Heart.
Members of Congress and veterans leaders called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 soldiers in California alone who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The state reached a $252,000 settlement with two contractors over the companies' unlawful evictions of 18 military service members and their families from private military housing in San Diego and Orange counties.