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Resolution to Ask for Creation of A Bill to Make The False Display of Military Awards a Felony

"WHEREAS, The Great State of North Carolina has given freely of her citizens in time of war and conflict, and, "WHEREAS, this state has produced many Medal of Honor Recipients and Recipients of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star among others,
"WHEREAS, these medals can be bought thru the internet and out of catalogs at prices as cheaply as $20.00

"WHEREAS, these medals can be obtained without any evidence of military service it is hereby requested of the North Carolina Legislature to introduce a bill simular to "The Stolen Valor Act of 2005" (H.R. 3352) introduced to the 109th Congress by Rep. Salazar, D-Colo.

SECTION 1.TITLE The creation of this Bill would be called the North Carolina Stolen Valor Act

. SECTION 2.FINDINGS Under the present provisions of U.S. Title 18, there are many Medal of Honor imposters that are able to avoid prosecution due to loopholes in Title 18, Section 704. That legislation makes it a crime to wear the Medal of Honor if a person hasn't been awarded it, but does not make it a crime to fraudulently claim to be a Medal of Honor Recipient. The new law would close the loophole requiring the actual wearing of the Medal. This would put at risk for criminal prosecution, imposters who, for instance, put on their resumes that they are Medal of Honor recipients or others who might hang a Medal of Honor or bogus citation on their wall to give the impression that they are recipients. Ouoteing from H.R.3352 , (1) fraudulent claims surrounding receipt of the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished-Service Cross, the Air Force Cross, the Navy Cross, the Purple Heart, or any other medal or decorations awarded by Congress or the armed forces damage the reputation and meaning of these medals; (2) Federal law enforcement officers are currently limited in their ability to prosecute fraudulent claims of receipt of military medals; and (3) changes to the current statute are necessary to allow law enforcement personnel to protect the reputation and meaning of these medals.

SEC. 3. MILITARY MEDAL PROTECTIONS By inserting, or by redesignating existing North Carolina State Law to include the following; (A) False Claims About Receipt of Military Medals- Whomever falsely represents him or herself, verbally or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, or the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or medal, or any colorable imitation thereof shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both'; and (B) by adding at the end the following: ( C ) Other Medals- If a decoration or medal involved in an offense under subsection (a) or (b) is a Distinguished Service Cross , an Air Force Cross , a Navy cross, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star or a Purple Heart that is indicated upon a DD-214 Discharge Document or by a legal commendation or any replacement or duplicate medal as authorized by statute, in lieu of the punishment provided in that subsection, the offender shall be fined $2000 under this title, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

(D) MEDAL OF HONOR IMPERSONATION- Any person displaying upon his person a replica of the Congressional Medal of Honor that has not been offically presented by the President of the United States and it is not indicated upon proper military documentation or citation shall be guilty of a felony punishable by $10,000 fine and imprisonment not more than 10 years nor less than 5 years.

(E) Display of Service Ribbon Liscense Plates- As more and more liscense plates are being issued by the North Carolina Dept. Of Motor Veichles that display the Vietnam Service Ribbon and other awards along with that of POW, that proper documentation must first be furnished to the DMV indicateing Dates & Locations served. Any person guilty of improper illegal display of said plates would be guilty of Misrepresentation of Service and imposed a fine of $500 or six month imprisonment or both.
This Resolution is drafted this 1st day of February 2006 Authored By: Daniel Siler, Commander/Service Officer Robbinsville American Legion Post 192 Robbinsville,NC

Please Sign on line and also Make a copy & Sign & send to; Senator John Snow,
2111 Legislative Building, Raleigh,NC 27601-5875 Phone: 919-733-5875 E-Mail: [email protected]
PLEASE let him know you support this becomming law!

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