“Stolen Valor” is a term applied to the phenomenon of people falsely claiming military awards or badges they did not earn, service they did not perform, Prisoner of War experiences that never happened, and other tales of military derring-do that exist only in their minds.
So I have seen this topic on social media and in the news a lot lately. I understand people want to “pretend” to be members of the military but come on if you do your research you wouldn’t have people realizing your a fake. It really isn’t that hard to find regulations about uniforms and where things go and the measurements for ribbons.
I find it absolutely ridiculous that the government does not take stolen valor more serious. I personally think that its a security hazard. In 2007 Elven Joe Swisher of Idaho was convicted of violating the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a misdemeanor to falsely claim military accomplishments. President George W. Bush signed it into law in 2006, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down in 2012 as a violation of free speech protections. What kind of craziness it that, a violation of freedom of speech. After the Stolen Valor Act was struck down, Congress passed a new law making it a crime to profit financially by lying about military service. President Barack Obama signed it in 2013.
In the video below, there are so many things wrong with this guys uniform, first off where is his cover(hat), second why is he wearing a blue shirt under his ACU top. All I can do is laugh at the people who try to impersonate military members because it is so easy to find mistakes on uniforms.