Real Veterans Shafted by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of the United States has thrown out the Stolen Valor Act, in lieu of the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech. Well, excuse me for finding your decision contemptible. The Supreme Court is in contempt of every honorable and truthful veteran who has ever served this great nation. Not one of the current members of the Supreme Court has ever served in a war, or in a hostile fire zone. Breyer, Alito, and Kennedy have served in the peacetime military—two in the Army Reserves, one in the California Army National Guard.
To simplify the above problem, what about the fact that these phony heroes/veterans are committing an act of fraud by representing him or herself as something they are not.
FRAUD: Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. A false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another (from The Free Dictionary by Farlex.)
By its definition alone, these perpetrators of lies and misrepresentations should be brought before a court and fined/imprisoned or made to do community service and their picture should appear in newspapers, television and all military magazines with the caption beneath their picture, “LIAR.” For the Supreme Court not to be aware that these misrepresentations by these frauds hurts all other honest veterans, as well as the public, is ridiculous. Not only that, but these liars are definitely doing it for personal gain. Be it for status in the community, to run for political office espousing their alleged military experience(s) and decorations, or to get free meals or for whatever their sick purpose may be.
Vietnam veterans that I know all feel that the only thing we have is our good word. We truly believe that our word is our bond and that if we say we will do something or be somewhere at a certain time, then we do it. That’s pretty much all that most of us have left, our good name and that what we say is true. Now, we don’t even have that left to us due to this recent Supreme Court decision.
Solution: out these phonies by name and with their picture so that all the world can see these liars. Also, if someone claims to be a veteran and to have received: the Medal of Honor (our Nation’s highest honor, that now means nothing because anybody can say they were awarded it); Navy Cross; The Distinguished Service Cross; Silver Star; USMC Brevet Medal; or Air Force Cross, you can now look up on your computer as to whether what this person’s claim is true or false. There are websites, such as Medal of Honor recipients; Distinguished Service Cross recipients; etc. These sites break it down by war, person’s name, year received. You can also look up the medals by war. For example, Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients; Iraqi Medal of Honor recipients; etc.
In my humble opinion, I believe that each and every veterans’ organization should not only object to this miscarriage of justice, but provide solutions for prosecuting and outing these phonies. Submit these solutions to Congress, publicize what has been submitted to Congress to rectify this unacceptable situation and follow it through to a positive resolution.