Monday, July 2, 2012

What the heck is happening to our country….

What the heck is happening to our country…. The U.S. Supreme Court says it is Legal to Impersonation Military Hero

 (Photo Courtesy of Washing Post)

As of last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court now claims it is legal to pretend to be a decorated military veteran. The court determined that criminalizing military impersonators is a violation of our freedom of speech rights. I am outraged by this decision!  The high court says it is unlawful to pretend you are a firefighter or police officer, but you can tell others that you are a former U.S. Navy seal with a Navy Cross.
Nobody in this country deserves right to walk our local streets pretending to be a military veteran.  Don't walk around coming off as something that you're not, especially something with this much meaning as a United States of America military veteran.
The high court ruling, this past Thursday struck down the “Stolen Valor Act”. This was a law enacted making it a crime to lie about being a decorated service person. The high court claims it undercuts the First Amendment. Simply put, the court says you should be given the right to lie about your military service, if you wish to do so.
I am not a veteran of the military but, I know many individuals and their families that have suffered. These people have earned the right to be honored. The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing people to steal that reward from the military hero’s and their families. I for one say, “This is wrong!”
The new ruling may legalize military impersonation, but it does not legalize the impersonation for means of seeking any sort of profit. The only good thing to come from the U.S. Supreme Court is you can still prosecute people for claiming to have received a military honor if they use that lie to profit from other people.
I am one of the many that support a special charity called Operation One Voice, Inc. (501c-3). Operation One Voice is protected from these types of impostors by the Board of Directors vetting everyone involved in the organization. I for one stand behind Operation One Voice and the support it has given the Special OPS soldiers and their families in the past and in the future.

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About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer, a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia and a part owner of Wave Away.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim volunteer with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”. Follow him on  and Blog:

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