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Stolen Valor laws in Maine and Delaware

Yesterday, two states joined the growing number which have their own Stolen Valor laws – Maine and Delaware. WCSH6 says that the Maine law is a little tougher; This bill takes that a step further [from the Federal Stolen Valor Act] by saying “anyone impersonating”. For example, a person asking for money on the side […]

Rahn inspires Minnesota Stolen Valor Act

KSTP reports that State Representative Jeff Howe was inspired by the story of Richard Rahn’s valor theft in late 2014 to present his own bill to the Minnesota legislature because the current state laws make pretending to be a military officer is a misdemeanor, but Rahn’s impersonation of an enlisted soldier isn’t illegal. Howe’s bill […]

Stolen Valor: Court Rules Wearing Unearned Military Medals Is Protected Free Speech Under First Amendment

Yesterday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided, in an 11-judge ruling, that the actions of an Idaho veteran of the U.S. Marines who was convicted under the Stolen Valor Act, was protected by his rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Show More Summary

This Ain’t Hell and the Stolen Valor Act

TSO is currently writing an explanation of the 9th Circuit Court’s decision yesterday in the Elven Swisher case, so I won’t get into that, I’ll let the lawyers get down in the legal weeds. But, of course, Dallas “Witless” Wittgenfeld, the second greatest legal mind in the country has determined that, somehow, the Swisher decision […]

Maryland state Senator seeks to strengthen Stolen Valor laws

In Maryland, State Senator Bryan Simonaire, a member of the veteran caucus, plans to submit a new stolen valor act to the state Assembly this winter, according to ABC News; “It specifically for when they’re obtaining property or money or other benefits,” Sen. Simonaire said. “As we saw in the federal case, you have to […]

Kenneth Allen Malone; phony wounded hero

The folks at Military Phonies sent us their work on this Kenneth Malone fellow. Apparently he used to be friends with Manuel Ocasio-Reyes, one of the original Stolen Valor Act busts. In the linked story about Ocasio-Reyes, it mentions Malone as a Purple Heart recipient. Malone is the Quartermaster of VFW Post 4412 in Hudson, […]

Massachusetts passes five veteran-related bills into law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed five new veterans-related bills into law yesterday, according to MassLive; The so-called Stolen Valor Act, sponsored by Velis, will make it illegal to impersonate a military member for financial gain. State Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, sponsored a law that will give Purple Heart recipients free access to Massachusetts state parks […]

Michael Porter; NJ arrests first valor thief

Bobo sends us a link to NBC Philadelphia which reports that just weeks after New Jersey’s Stolen Valor Act was signed into law by Governor Christie, Galloway Township Police arrested their first test case, Michael Porter who identified himself as a military policeman. Porter, in a uniform with his name on it and “Airborne” patches, […]

Massachusetts legislature passes Stolen Valor Act

WWLP reports that the Massachusetts legislature sent their own Stolen Valor Act to the Senate for a vote on what they claim is the strongest Stolen Valor Act in the country; “Even just standing on the corner with a sign that says ‘help me I’m a veteran,’ if they’re not a veteran that’s wrong. They […]

New Jersey’s Stolen Valor law

One of our lurkers send us a link to NewJersey.com which reports that Governor Christie signed New Jersey’s stolen valor act into law which is bad news for some of our usual suspects like Ron Mailahn, Steve “Snake Eyes” Jordan, and Angelo Otchy, along with a number of trolls from that state whose comments can’t […]

What is “Stolen Valor”?

Lately, I’ve found myself explaining to folks the difference between the Stolen Valor Act and the thing that we call “stolen valor”. The phrase actually comes from BG “Jug” Burkett who wrote the book “Stolen Valor” which was published in the 90s and told the story about folks who had appropriated the valor of the […]

Stolen Valor Act discussed in Maryland

Maryland lawmakers are discussing a state solution to the problem of Stolen Valor, according to ABC2. State Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Anne Arundel, a member of the legislatures military veterans caucus said he is getting involved because he wanted to see the state get involved to target anyone found to be committing an act of stolen […]

Stolen Valor Act in PA

ABC27 reports that our buddy, Matthew Ott, a teenager who was victimized by valor thief Nate Fornwalt last year, was in the halls of his legislature yesterday as the Pennsylvania Senate passed their new Stolen Valor Act out of that body; Not many teenagers are concerned about what’s happening at the Capitol, but 15-year-old Matthew […]

Stolen Valor Act news

Mary sends us a link to the news that the Alabama State Senate has voted to increase the penalties for wearing medals and badges for tangible benefit. The bill imposes a minimum fine of $5,000 and makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a person to falsely represent themselves as a recipient of a military […]

Stolen Valor Act proposed in Massachusetts & NJ

According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Massachusetts State Representative John Velis has introduced a new Stolen Valor bill in that state; Velis’ bill would make it a criminal offense subject to up to 2½ years in prison to wear a military uniform, awards or decorations that one has not earned, or to use fake military […]

Stolen Valor Act in Pennsylvania

One aspect of Pennsylvania’s attempts to close the stolen valor gap was passed by the state senate. Apparently, a few years ago, PA decided to put an identifier on drivers’ licenses for veterans, but, there were no restrictions on it – you self-identified on application by checking a block on your application. The result is […]

Pennsylvania’s Stolen Valor Act goes to a vote

According to ABC27, Pennsylvania’s Stolen Valor Act is headed to a vote by the legislature soon; The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation to penalize Pennsylvanians who falsely claim they’re a veteran on a driver’s license application. Under Senate Bill 42, drivers could be charged with a summary offense if they apply for a veteran […]

Brian Williams Proves We Don’t Need The Stolen Valor Act?

I'm not saying that Brian Williams didn't lie, I'm saying it doesn't matter.

Stolen Valor laws in the states

Chip sends us a link to Maine’s proposed Stolen Valor Act that will make false claims of any military service that results in monetary gain greater than $10 or a false claim of service in a war or wearing/claiming verbally an award or decoration that the wearer didn’t earn a “Class E crime”. A person […]

New Jersey stolen valor bill

New Jersey 101.5 reports that new legislation is being presented in the New Jersey legislature this year. I call it the “Ron Mailahn Attitude Adjustment Act” The legislation would make it a third-degree crime for anyone to knowingly misrepresent themselves as a member of the military — for the purpose of obtaining money, property or […]

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