Restoring Valor: One Couple’s Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes and Protect America’s Military Awards System
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Stolen valor occurs when a person lies about receiving military decorations that he or she has in fact never earned. It has become a major societal problem that has been discussed numerous times in the news; according to the New York Times, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid disability benefits to more than six hundred people falsely claiming to have been POWs in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. The number of stolen valor cases reported to the FBI has tripled in the last decade. In fact, more imposters lie about earning high military declarations for battlefield bravery than the actual number of real-life hero recipients. These imposters trade on tales and the trappings of military valor to secure privileges such as career advancements and even unearned veterans’ benefits.
In Restoring Valor, Doug Sterner provides riveting case studies of the stolen valor imposters he’s investigated and exposed and the serious crimes—including murder—they’ve committed. He chronicles the evolution of stolen valor from the inception of the republic to today. Sterner shows why the federal law he and his wife, Pam, helped to enact—the Stolen Valor Act—is necessary.
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Hubbard. NPRC further notes, “No duplicate copies of these records were ever maintained, nor were microfilm copies produced. Neither were any indexes created prior to the fire.” Some semblance of this fact is often repeated in the text of the “fire letter” a requester receives in response to a FOIA. First, it is important to note that there is no reference in this NPRC statement to Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard records. The OMPFs for these services were held, in 1973, in a different building
Clinton,And, while visiting his older sister in our nation’s capitol at age sixteen, he’d spent countless hours at the Navy Yard photocopying award cards for development of our database. Tiffany, as soon as she became keyboard proficient at a very early age, began typing hundreds of the citations for real heroes that can be found online today. The only way to accomplish anything great is through teamwork. We are privileged to be two members of a very large team of patriotic Americans working
State Senator Wes Cooley was elected to represent Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District. During his campaign, Cooley had published in his voter’s guide that he had served in the Army Special Forces in the Korean War, repeating it in a general election pamphlet. While serving in Congress and planning his re-election campaign in 1996, questions arose about whether Cooley had even served in Korea. Initially, Cooley blamed the lack of records that would substantiate his clandestine special operations
military rank and heroism, it does a tremendous disservice not only to our vets, but to the public.” Chapter 17 The Other Side of Stolen Valor For that lack of record keeping, highly decorated heroes have been denied burial at Arlington, family members of dead heroes have never learned of a loved one’s high honors, and future generations are robbed of the opportunity to learn “what grandpa did in the war.” In early January 2007, only weeks after President Bush signed the Stolen Valor Act into
legitimate claims. Few cases rise to the level of a news story that acknowledged the passing of a man named Robert L. Fitzpatrick in March 2011. For that story, Parkersburg News and Sentinel reporter Jody Murphy drew not only from records supplied by Fitzpatrick’s family, but also on a personal interview Murphy had conducted with Mr. Fitzpatrick four years earlier. The story began by noting, “Bob Fitzpatrick, one of the most decorated enlisted men of World War II, died last week. . . . [He] was