Summary

5/22/2013--Passed Senate without amendment. (This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Stolen Valor Act of 2013 -... Read More

Status

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on Jun 3, 2013.

Date Introduced
Jan 15, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to fraudulent representations about having received military declarations or medals.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Stolen Valor Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. FRAUDULENT REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT RECEIPT OF MILITARY DECORATIONS OR MEDALS.

(a) In General.--Section 704 of title 18, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``wears,''; and (2) so that subsection (b) reads as follows: ``(b) Fraudulent Representations About Receipt of Military Decorations or Medals.--Whoever, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a recipient of a decoration or medal described in subsection (c)(2) or (d) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than one year, or both.''. (b) Addition of Certain Other Medals.--Section 704(d) of title 18, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by striking ``If a decoration'' and inserting the following: ``(1) In general.--If a decoration''; (2) by inserting ``a combat badge,'' after ``1129 of title 10,''; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ``(2) Combat badge defined.--In this subsection, the term `combat badge' means a Combat Infantryman's Badge, Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Action Ribbon, or Combat Action Medal.''. (c) Conforming Amendment.--Section 704 of title 18, United States Code, is amended in each of subsections (c)(1) and (d) by striking ``or (b)''. <all> ...

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326 Supporting
25 Opposing
93% 7%

State: CA

23 Supporting
1 Opposing
96% 4%

District: 1st

1 Supporting
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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013. HOWEVER, I would like to see the language beginning on line 14 of the Bill "...with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit,..." be REMOVED from the Bill. These words may make this harder to prove in the Courts. It should be sufficient to say fradulent.

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AZ
4
Anonymous877581
AZ-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because... I believe this bill will help all Americans to honor those who truly deserve to be honored. Kind Regards, Michael Ransford

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CA
5
Craven_A
CA-5
1 year ago

I support H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because out of all the sacrifice that veterans have contributed to this country they deserve to be respected. Only authorized people should be allowed to wear military decorations. Please vote yes for this Rick. As a veteran of the U.S. Army I ask you to support this for all veterans. Thank you.

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AR
1
LionheartMcClellan
AR-1
1 year ago

I support H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because... a lot goes into being awarded with the cabbage that a serviceman so proudly displays on his dress uniform up to an d including death in the service of one's country. Wannabe heroes try to capitalize on the valor of others to make themselves look good to the public while causing great insult to those actually authorized to wear those awards. This bill should apply to EVERYONE including Members of Congress regardless of their tenure in office and anyone else that attempts to deceive the public with falsely claiming to be a hero. (Take a hint Mr. Kerry and others of the current administration.)

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TN
8
Gary_at_Poverty_Knob
TN-8
1 year ago

I support H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because I am a Soldier and I place a great value upon "real" acts of valor and accomplishment in the military. I am greatly offended by anyone who poses as a veteran and falsely claims military honors. I am especially offended if they use those false claims for their personal profit.

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VA
4
Red_Dog_in_AL
VA-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because...My husband is a Vietnam Marine. He received a Bronze Star w/V...no mean feat for a Marine. To see someone drape themselves in uniforms and awards they didn't earn and claim they have a RIGHT under the 1st Amendment to do so is demeaning to the heroes who spilled life's blood in valor. STOP those who would LIE!

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NJ
2
DameYankee
NJ-2
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because...we don't need more federal laws

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MO
1
Dr.G
MO-1
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because this is goes against the 1st amendment, and is unconstitutional.

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NY
2
DanReyes
NY-2
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because it's funny you mentioned this one, I had hella marksman in the USAF got a ribbon, yet after discharge, that ribbon was missing. So now your going to say I LIE?! I think not. Let this BILL Burn in hell

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CA
6
EXPOSE-CAFR
CA-6
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because... Although I find in dusturbing and disgusting that anyone would claim to be a veteran when they are not or that a veteran would claim medals he/she didn't earn. I feel that this also limmits the right to free speach. The 1st Amendment is something people should always have regardless of what it is they have to say.

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MN
7
CharlesA
MN-7
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because... This has already been struck down by the supreme court as unconstitutional. While anyone has the right to claim whatever they want. There is a better way to counter that problem than unconstitutional laws. They should be publicly exposed and shamed by veterans who are excercising their rights to freedom of speech.

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AL
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grumpybear
AL-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 because you make ..this feel as though you expect someone to infiltrate your organization by wearing your clothes. Know what? You are part of the problem if you can't see these congress and senate are bought and paid for! All that is provided - as aid - and help - for you - and your - loved ones..... has disappeared ; and, you will never see things so good again.

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OH
12
JohnniesMarchingHome
OH-12
2 years ago

Bill Summary

5/22/2013--Passed Senate without amendment. (This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Stolen Valor Act of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to rewrite provisions relating to fraudulent claims about military service to subject to a fine, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both an individual who, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds himself or herself out to be a recipient of: -a Congressional Medal of Honor, -a distinguished-service cross, -a Navy cross, -an Air Force cross, -a silver star, -a Purple Heart, -a Combat Infantryman's Badge, -a Combat Action Badge, -a Combat Medical Badge, -a Combat Action Ribbon, -a Combat Action Medal, or - any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized by law.

H.R. 257The Veterans Health Equity Act H.R. 259The Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act