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Military Roll of Valor Act

MEDIA ADVISORY 09/23/2011 - updated 10/01/2011


The need for a National Valor Awards database

THE SENATE BILL  02/14/2008

THE HOUSE BILL 10/04/2007

Examples of the problems to be addressed



UPDATE 01/28/2012

In your "Urgent News, Articles and Updates" section of your website, you have a pdf file FBI poster of an unidentified murdered Marine with Marine Corps tattoos asking the online community who he is. A forum called Websleuths.com has a thread there about the unidentified murdered Marine with Marine Corps tattoos and they announced the PA state troopers investigating the case think have a match on who he is. He might be Robert Daniel Corriveau. Here is the link to that thread where they announced a match.

Robert Daniel Corriveau


Unidentified murdered Marine
http://www.pownetwork.org/pownet.secure/ViCAP_Alert_PAJohnDoe1968 - Jayne Stairs[1]1.pdf


I thought your staff might want to know about this.



MATCH for service!

ROBERT D CORRIVEAU served with an MOS of 0331, starting April 1, 1965. He was born 12/01/1947 and his service number was  02148499.



Military Sex Offenders Registry


Active Duty Military Convictions




SEE  AP STORY 04/11/09  

DECEMBER 23, 2008

THE STORY  As of December 25, 2008

CSM Richard Barr Cayton USA (Ret)
aka "Little Audie"

NEVER  a Prisoner of War

BUT is working as a CONTRACTOR overseas with a felony on his record for lying to the VA
about being a POW after a pre-trial diversion.


Stolen valor occurs when a person lies about receiving military decorations that he or she has in fact never earned. It has become a major societal problem that has been discussed numerous times in the news and, most recently, by the US Supreme Court. According to The New York Times, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid disability benefits to more than six hundred people falsely claiming to have been POWs in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. The number of stolen valor cases reported to the FBI has tripled in the last decade. In fact, more imposters lie about earning high military declarations for battlefield bravery than the actual number of real-life hero recipients. These imposters trade on tales and the trappings of military valor to secure privileges such as career advancements and even unearned veterans’ benefits.
 Because officially recognized valor is a calling card of trust and courage, many of these imposters “steal” it to invade the lives of people and institutions, for personal gain and often with criminal results. In Restoring Valor, Doug Sterner provides riveting case studies of the stolen valor imposters he’s investigated and exposed, and the serious crimes — including murder — they’ve committed. He chronicles the evolution of stolen valor from the inception of the republic to today. Sterner demonstrates why the federal law he and his wife Pam helped to enact, called the Stolen Valor Act, is necessary.

June 2014
Law will create military award winners database


... residents who have won the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross, and the Silver Star. It will include ...


President Obama signs Stolen Valor Act into law

MAY 20, 2013

Congressman for Yucaipa Touts House Passage of 'Stolen Valor Act '
The congressman for Yucaipa on Monday touted passage of a federal "Stolen Valor Act" that, if it becomes law, will hold accountable anyone who tries to ...

House passes new version of stolen valor law
Las Vegas Review-Journal
WASHINGTON -- A bill that would make it a crime to lie about receiving honors for military service was passed Monday in the US House. The “Stolen Valor Act ...


 The SVA remains a good idea in principle, but  the phony (Carmine Cannarella)  was charged  with "False Use of Seals".  The charge is attached.  Not because of any problem foreseen with the SVA (the Supreme Court challenge was still in the future), but because the SVA was almost always a misdemeanor.  "False Use of Seals," though was less sexy, is a felony.  Phonies should be felons, when possible. Pass the word. 

07/25/2012 -
The Department of Defense Valor Awards Data Base


Montana senators help move bill forward
Daily Inter Lake
The US Supreme Court earlier this year struck down the Stolen Valor Act that made ... In the latest twist, the Senate attached the Stolen Valor Act of 2012 ...

... Doug Sterner, a former Kalispell resident whose wife wrote the policy analysis that became the original Stolen Valor Act, said he’s pleased with Congress’ efforts to keep the issue at the forefront.

“It is a very good thing,” Sterner said about the amendment Friday. “It eliminates the need to amend the House Bill [Heck's] or the Senate Bill [Webb’s] to make the two compatible. If the House passes the Defense Authorization Bill ... it becomes law upon signing of the act by the president.”

Sterner called the amendment a “very smart move by the Senate....


Stolen Valor Ruled Unconstitutional - the changes, the laws, the mission now.

An Open Letter To The Supporters of the Stolen Valor Act - YouTube
An Open Letter To The Supporters of the Stolen Valor Act. HenryMarkHolzer. Subscribe ...



MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012


Recently, I’ve mentioned the Holzers’ forthcoming second edition of Fake Warriors: Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service. 

Even though the book will be available in about a month, in today’s blog I am taking the unusual step of publishing Chapter 9 in its entirety. 


Because as soon as possible, we want to kill the "Stolen Valor Act of 2011" bill now pending in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1775) and Senate (S. 1778).


If you’re shocked, you shouldn’t be after reading our Chapter 9....





  Google "Stolen Valor and Supreme Court" - there are hundreds of articles on the oral arguments held Feb 22.


Hello, my grandfather was a WWII vet whose plane was shot down. He had shrapnel in his leg and was taken as a POW. He eventually received a Purple Heart as well as some other medals. It infuriated me to know others were lying about military honors for there own gain because of this and the fact I have many friends actively serving our country. I am in law school and decided to write a paper for our Public Law Review regarding the issue. I did a lot of research on the issue and I believe the paper gives people a good background on the issue.  .....  
Jackson Killion



10th Circuit upholds Stolen Valor Act

Posted: 01/27/2012 11:55:06 AM MST
Updated: 01/27/2012 12:01:41 PM MST
By John Ingold
The Denver Post

 The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals this morning upheld the Stolen Valor Act, which makes lying about having received military awards a federal crime.

Attorneys for Rick Strandlof, who claimed to be a decorated combat veteran, had argued that the act was an unconstitutional violation of free speech. A federal district court judge agreed, dismissing the charges against Strandlof......


Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Stolen Valor Act on George Washington's birthday, FEB 22, 2012.

At least FIVE Amicus briefs have been filed in support of the Act that can be downloaded here: http://www.americanbar.org/publications/preview_home/11-210.html  They inclue:

1) A brief filed by  Virtually EVERY MAJOR Veterans Organization

2) A brief filed by the Criminal Justice League together with The Legion of Valor

3) A brief filed by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and listing more than half of the living MOH recipients as participants in that brief.

4) A brief filed by The State Attorneys General of TWENTY U.S. States

5) A brief filed by Constitutional Scholar and usually very conservative (regarding 1st Amendment protections) Legal Scholar Eugene Volokh

TWO Issues related to the SV Act no one has yet addressed in any depth:

1) More than a DOZEN states have passed state versions of the Federal Law, some of them almost verbatim. IF the SV Act is struck down, what is the impact on these state laws.

2) Also see this recent article about legislation introduced in the Senate (on the heels of a recent case in Maryland), the basis of which will hinge on the SV Act: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2011/12/election-fraud-bills-legality-could-hinge-on-scotus-107563.html



High court appeal planned on military impostor law
San Jose Mercury News
Government lawyers signaled their intention to appeal in a court filing Thursday in California, one of at least two states where the Stolen Valor Act has

California Stolen Valor Act heads to Governors Desk

June 23, 2011
By Paul Cook's Office
I like this
SACRAMENTO -Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) announced that AB 167 gained the final approval of the Legislature.  The bill will force elected officials to forfeit office if they are convicted under the California Stolen Valor Act. Under current state law, an elected official must be convicted of the federal Stolen Valor Act in order to be forced to vacate office. The federal Stolen Valor Act states that it is illegal for a person to make a false claim of a military decoration. Unfortunately, the federal law has been challenged in court due to First Amendment issues.  This is due to the fact that the federal law does not include an “intent to defraud” provision; the California Stolen Valor Act contains such a provision.


We have a District Court in California and a District Court in Virginia BOTH upholding the SV Act, with a District Court in Colorado ruling it unconstitutional. And a 2/1 split in the 9th Circuit Court meaning:

Courts disagree two to two

The six judges who have ruled on it split 3 to 3.


Henry Mark Holzer: FAKE WARRIOR ACT
(Announced on Veterans Day, 2010)
By Henry Mark Holzer
Under this SVA amendment, if the Fake Warrior claims to have been awarded the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, or Purple Heart, punishment for the crime is enhanced to one year in ...
Henry Mark Holzer - http://henrymarkholzer.blogspot.com/







Judge: Law penalizing fake heroes unconstitutional

The Associated Press  -- July 2010
DENVER — A law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero is unconstitutional because it violates free speech, a federal judge ruled Friday as he ...

The Stolen Valor Act
 P A S S E D 
Dec 6, 2006
Signed into law 12/20/2006

 June 30, 2007

State of Missouri   HOUSE BILL NO. 938

....To amend chapter 578, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to 
the stolen valor act of 2007, with penalty provisions....  

New STOLEN VALOR Law in Illinois 
Takes Effect January 1, 2008 


Stolen Valor Act
DMV Military Waiver Bill Signed by Governor
RIMOFTHEWORLD.net - Cedarpines Park,CA,USA

Assembly Bill 265

Assemblyman Cook's AB 265, also signed by the governor, pertains to the federal Stolen Valor Act of 2005. The act made it illegal for people to misrepresent themselves as recipients of military honors. The bill expands on the Stolen Valor Act and extends the forfeiture of office to state elected officials for misrepresenting themselves as recipients of the various medals and decorations for bravery, wounds, campaigns, service or rank.