Thursday, February 28, 2008
Stolen Valor Act update
Greetings militaria collectors!
I just read this story in the Oroville Mercury-Register online, and thought it would be a good time to revisit the Stolen Valor Act. Looks like they've got another one - Michael Alan Fraser is accused of violating 18 U.S.C. Section 704 (b) - False Claims about Receipt of Military Decorations or Medals.
Most of you will remember when the Stolen Valor Act was originally signed, there was widespread fear that militaria collectors would get the short end of the stick on this deal. Even after it was determined by officials and concerned parties that the legislation was worded to only affect those who possessed military medals for fraudulent intent, a "wait and see" outlook was held by many collectors.
Well over a year later, it appears the collecting community is out of danger. While many phonies have been prosecuted under the national law, and many states have instituted their own Stolen Valor legislation, there has been no backlash on collectors of military medals to date.
In our endeavor to monitor the news for Stolen Valor Act updates, I have compiled quite a collection of links to related news stories. In fact, I have provided a "Stolen Valor Act" link on the right side of the page where I frequently post articles from across the nation. If anyone has any more information they would like to provide - please do not hesitate to contact me.
Also, I thought I would provide a link to the P.O.W. Network Phonies Index this site has nationwide information about suspected military phonies and appears to be updated regularly. If you suspect someone's story doesn't quite add up, check their list...you may be surprised and find a name you recognize.