Stolen Valor Act of 2013.
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- Mohn, Elizabeth
- Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2020. 2p.
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- The Stolen Valor Act of 2013 is legislation passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The law made it illegal for people to benefit from lying about earning military honors that the person did not actually earn. The law can apply to people wearing medals they did not earn, if wearing the unearned medals benefits the person. The 2013 law was a replacement for the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in 2012. The Stolen Valor laws became popular among the American public in the late 2000s and early 2010s as people started to identify a number of civilians and veterans who were claiming they had earned honors they had not actually earned.
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