Military criticized for lack of medals database
The military came under sharp criticism at a House hearing for failing to create a searchable database of medal recipients.
A database would be one way to identify and prosecute those falsely claiming to have received the honors.
Witnesses from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a nongovernment military awards database joined Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, in criticizing the Pentagon.
Anyone making false claims of receiving military honors could be prosecuted under a 2006 law, the Stolen Valor Act. Conviction could bring imprisonment for up to six months, or up to a year for false claims of receiving the Medal of Honor.
The Supreme Court is considering whether the law is constitutional.
Defense Department witnesses