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Stolen Valor Act Of 2013 Introduced

Rep. Joe Heck introduced this week the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, a measure that would make it illegal to "knowingly benefit" from lying about receiving military medals.

Heck calls the bill "identical" to one that cleared the House of Representatives last year, but did not become law because the House and Senate couldn't agree on a final version of the legislation.

The congressman said in a news release ...

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Stolen Valor Act Struck Down By Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down the Stolen Valor Act. The federal law made it illegal to lie about having been awarded military medals like the Medal of Honor.

The Military Times reports the court's decision was a 6-3 ruling. The case centered around a California man, Xavier Alvarez, who falsely claimed to be a recipient of the Medal of Honor:

Alvarez had pleaded guilty to violating ...

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Revised Stolen Valor Act Awaits Obama's Signature

The Stolen Valor Act has cleared both the Senate and House, and now awaits President Obama's signature to become law. The measure would make it a federal crime for someone to benefit financially from lying about having earned military medals.

Nevada Senator Dean Heller, one of the bill's authors, said in a press release:

“Our nation can never fully express our gratitude for all that our men and ...

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Revised 'Stolen Valor' Law Gets New Push In Congress

Less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the "Stolen Valor" law, a lawmaker is pushing a revised version of the measure in Congress.

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown held a news conference today to remind his colleagues about the Stolen Valor Act of 2011, introduced by Brown in November, according to the Boston Globe.

The Supreme Court ruled on June 28 that the Stolen Valor Act ...

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Pentagon Plans To Create 'Stolen Valor' Database

The Department of Defense is planning to set up a database of military medal winners, in the wake of the U.S Supreme Court ruling that found the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 unconstitutional.

The law struck down by the court made it a crime to lie about having earned military medals. In its ruling, the justices suggested the Pentagon might create a medal database to make searching false claims ...

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Pentagon To Launch 'Stolen Valor' Website On Wednesday

President Barack Obama announced during his speech to the VFW in Reno that the Pentagon will launch its online database of military medal winners on Wednesday.

ABC News quotes the president as saying:

"It may no longer be a crime for con artists to pass themselves off as heroes. But one thing is certain: It is contemptible.

"So this week we will launch a new Web site, a living memorial ...

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House Passes Revised 'Stolen Valor Act'

The House of Representatives today passed the Stolen Valor Act of 2012. The proposed law would make it a crime to lie about being awarded military medals for monetary gain.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 unconstitutional, saying it violated the First Amendment's protection of free speech. That case centered around a California man, Xavier Alvarez, who falsely claimed to be ...

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Silver Star Recipients Added To Pentagon's Valor Database

The Pentagon's "Valor" website will now include recipients of the Silver Star - the third-highest combat decoration the U.S. military can award a service member.

According to the database website, the military awards the Silver Star for "gallantry in action"...

-While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States;

-While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or

-While serving with friendly foreign ...

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Pentagon's 'Stolen Valor' Website Now Includes Service Crosses

The Pentagon's new 'Valor Website' now includes service crosses recipients in its database.

The website, launched last week, initially included Medal of Honor recipients since 9/11. Now, according to the Department of Defense:

The site... lists recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross and Navy Cross. The services are continuing to compile the lists of Silver Star recipients to add to the site.

The Department of ...

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Lying About Military Honors (Video)

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.

At issue is the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 ...

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Interview with "Act of Valor" Directors (Video)

The military action movie "Act of Valor" was tops at the box office over the weekend, taking in $24.7 million dollars, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The movie stars real-life Navy SEALs as both stuntmen and actors. My colleague Beth Accomando, who is a self-proclaimed action movie fanatic, was lucky enough to interview the guys who directed "Act of Valor" before the film was released. Take a look:

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Pentagon Valor Website Lacking, Says Rep. Hunter

The Pentagon created a database of military medal recipients in June. The Department of Defense has been adding names and awards since then, but it's not quick enough for Rep. Duncan Hunter, who represents parts of San Diego County.

Hunter wrote in a statement to U-T San Diego that the website, valor.defense.gov, doesn't have a complete list of names for many of the awards, like the ...

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"America's Got Talent" Singing Vet Caught In Another Lie (Video)

The hole "America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe is digging for himself keeps getting deeper. The Minnesota Army Guard veteran who falsely claimed combat injuries on national TV also provided the reality show with a fake photo of himself in Afghanistan.

The photo, shown in an AGT montage about Poe's military service, is actually of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone. Bone told TMZ.com:

"First thing ...

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Watch Historic Medal Of Honor Ceremony Live (Video)

Today at the White House, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Home Post will carry the ceremony live starting at 12:40 p.m. PDT.

The Military Times reports:

Congress... called for a review in 2002 of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam ...

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Daily Report: Taliban Suicide Bombers Threaten Marines, New Rules For F-22 Pilots, Reservists Can Now Respond To U.S. Disasters

Marines face Taliban suicide bomb threat - The Marine Corps Times "The Taliban has turned to targeting coalition forces and Afghan government targets with suicide and other mobile bombs, putting U.S. troops on guard against a threat that can appear virtually anywhere."

New Law Authorizes Reservists to Respond to Homeland Disasters - American Forces Press Service "New authority in this year’s Defense Department authorization act allows the Army, Navy, Air ...

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Hagel Won't Reopen Medal Of Honor Consideration For San Diego's Peralta

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Friday that he would not reopen Medal of Honor consideration for a Marine Corps non-commissioned officer from San Diego who was killed in Iraq during the Battle of Fallujah.

After "extensively familiarizing himself with the history'' of the recommendation of USMC Sgt. Rafael Peralta for the nation's highest military award, Hagel reaffirmed earlier findings that the verifiable facts of the serviceman ...

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Four Members Of Camp Pendleton Battalion To Recieve Valor Awards

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will be at Camp Pendleton Monday to present awards for valor to four members of the Pendleton-based 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion. The three Marines and one Sailor performed their heroic duties in Afghanistan in July of 2010.

The Marine Corps Times reports Marine Sgt. William B. Soutra will receive the Navy Cross at Monday's ceremony. Marines Maj. James T. Rose and Staff Sgt. Frankie ...

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Staff Sgt. Continues to Fight Army Over PTSD Claim

As we've been reporting on this blog, Army Staff Sgt. Francisco Carrillo Jr., who earned a Valorous Unit Award in 2005 for combat duty in Iraq, has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder eight times by different doctors, including physicians at the Veterans Administration (VA), but the Army continues to deny his PTSD claim.

He wrote me this morning to give me an update on his status on this ...

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