2006 Law Violated First Amendment
Today, the Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act was invalid because the law violated the First Amendment of our Constitution.
Starting in 2006, people falsely claiming award of military medals could be prosecuted by the government. The penalty became more severe for people who falsely claimed to receive the Medal of Honor, our military’s highest award for valor in combat.
In the Court’s 6-3 decision, justices conceded there is justification for protecting the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. However, the Supreme Court majority ruled the law could have a chilling effect on freedom of speech, which is enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution.
The Obama Administration supported the law. The Veterans of Foreign Wars supported the law and said the organization was disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision. The VFW vowed to continue exposing people who lie about receiving military awards.