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Did I ever tell you about my being one of the soldiers raising the flag over Iwo Jima? Or that I received two silver stars? And five purple hearts for being wounded in battle multiple times? I was awarded the US Navy Cross, the US Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, and I received the US Marine’s Medal of Honor for throwing myself on a grenade and saving the lives of my platoon.
Oh yeah, I also defended the Alamo, fought in the Battle of Verdun, and led the charge up San Juan Hill.
Well, maybe I’m stretching the truth a bit. Okay, outright lying is more like it. But I’ve got justice on my side!
Or more accurately, Justices.
Recently, the US Supreme Court dissolved the “Stolen Valor Act”, a federal law that made it illegal to falsely claim to have received a U.S. military decoration or medal.
Sadly, it’s not uncommon for people to boast that they fought in Vietnam or Iraq, and to “prove” it they can even show you the medals they received. You really have to love the internet. The going rate for a Bronze Star is $22. An Iraq Campaign medal runs $11.75. You can get a Purple Heart for $39.50.
For $11.99, you can even have a set of dog tags manufactured to your specs.
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