Mil­i­tary crit­i­cized for lack of medals data­base

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

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.

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