Congress is greatly concerned that some men who never served in their nation’s armed forces will go around pretending to have been in combat. The Stolen Valor Act makes it a federal crime to falsely claim to have received a military medal for valor in action. Maximum punishment is a fine that could range up to $100,000 and even result in a year in prison. For example, claiming to be a combat veteran on a job application can result to a one way pass to prison.
I wonder if there is need for a new bill about Stolen Valor. As I recall, Vice President Dick Cheney wanted war and strongly urged the invasion of Iraq. Of course, this is the same man who obtained SEVEN draft deferments during the Vietnam War because –“I have more important things to do.” Then again, George Bush spent the Vietnam War in southern regions of the United States of America.
Shouldn’t it be a crime to place others in combat if you are a coward who fought against going to fight?