Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stolen Valor

Sometimes I read on line about a person in public who is dressed in the uniform of our nations military.  Frequently there will be a video of an active duty soldier or a real veteran calling out the person in uniform as a fraud.

I think it is reprehensible to wear military uniforms and present yourself as a true member of our armed forces or as a veteran.  It is even worse to claim that you were awarded medals for your service that you did not ear.

People who do this sort of thing seem to be equally divided between poor demented souls who are hardly more than children playing dress up to evil criminals who belong in jail. I do think it should be illegal and people should be arrested and prosecuted for it.  I would make an exemption for theatrical performances and for reinactors.  I would make the penalties minor for a first offense but increase them on subsequent offenses or if someone received something of value by wearing those uniforms; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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