Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement following House passage of H.R. 1775, the Stolen Valor Act of 2012. The measure passed 410-3.
"It's deplorable that an individual would falsely portray themselves as a decorated veteran and/or service member for personal profit. Our decorated servicemen and women have earned our gratitude and respect through their selfless action on behalf of our country. Any individual who tries to falsely take advantage of the actions of these true heroes should face consequences. I was proud to cast my vote today for the Stolen Valor Act of 2012 to better ensure that America's true heroes are recognized for their valor, not frauds."
In United States v. Alvarez the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 an unconstitutional abridgment of the First Amendment because it "sought to control and suppress all false statements on this one subject, without regard as to whether the lie was made for the purpose of material gain."
H.R. 1775 seeks to address the Court's concerns and specifically states: "Whoever, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a recipient of a decoration or medal (including the Congressional Medal of Honor, distinguished-service cross, Navy cross, Air Force cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart, or Combat Badge)" shall face fines and imprisonment for up to one year.