Restoring Valor: One Couple's Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes and Protect America's Military Awards System

Restoring Valor: One Couple's Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes and Protect America's Military Awards System

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by Doug Sterner, Pam Sterner
     
 

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“Terrific read. Stories of stolen valor you won’t believe, and those who hunt them down and participated in writing legislation to restore dignity to all those who have truly served in combat.” —Peter C. Lemon, recipient, Congressional Medal of Honor

Stolen valor occurs when a person lies about receiving military decorations that he

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“Terrific read. Stories of stolen valor you won’t believe, and those who hunt them down and participated in writing legislation to restore dignity to all those who have truly served in combat.” —Peter C. Lemon, recipient, Congressional Medal of Honor

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; 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.

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 shows why the federal law he and his wife, Pam, helped to enact—the Stolen Valor Act—is necessary.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/09/2013
Married veterans’ advocates Doug and Pam Sterner worked tirelessly for years lobbying Congress to enact a bill making it illegal to lie about one’s military service and awards. That hard work paid off in December 2006 when the Stolen Valor Act was signed into law. After several legal challenges, however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional in June 2012 on First Amendment grounds. Congress immediately took up a revised version of the statute, which President Obama signed into law on June 13, 2013. The new Stolen Valor Act narrows the law’s focus by making it a federal crime to misrepresent one’s military service only “with the intent to obtain anything of value.” In an accessible account filled with reconstructed dialogue, the authors detail how their work honoring Medal of Honor recipients morphed into a deep involvement in the “wannabe” issue in the late 1990s. The self-proclaimed “fraud busters” expose men who have falsely claimed they earned high military decorations, including the Medal of Honor. The authors also include appendices on how to ferret out fraudsters as well as navigate the potentially daunting maze of official records. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

“Restoring Valor, offers a compelling and thorough account of this phenomenon known as ‘stolen valor.’” —Senator Bob Dole

“[Doug Sterner] is a decorated Vietnam veteran who has made it his work in recent years to ensure that service members get the recognition they deserve and expose those who falsely claim acts of heroism under fire. Rather than wait for the government to act, Doug Sterner has.” —CBS News

“An eye-opening must-read for every veteran.”—Mark L. Donald, NavyCross recipient, former board member for the Legion of Valor, and department commander for the Military Order of Purple Heart

“All of America needs to read this important information and learn from it.”
—Sergeant First Class Sammy L. Davis, US Army (Ret.), Medal of Honor, Vietnam

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628739145
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Doug Sterner is a Vietnam veteran and two-time Bronze Star recipient. He has been a frequent guest on news shows such as Anderson Cooper and is the media’s “go-to” person for the Stolen Valor Act. He is the founder of the Hall of Heroes website and curator of the Hall of Valor data base on Militarytimes.com. Pam Sterner is a graduate of Colorado State University, where, as a student in 2004, she authored the study that became the framework for the Stolen Valor Act. They live in Pueblo, Colorado.

Michael Mink is a free-lance writer who has written more than five-hundred nationally published articles and has co-authored two previous books.

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Restoring Valor: One Couple's Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes and Protect America's Military Awards System 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells a story that should not have occurred. It has been many years in the making and finally some sense of accomplishment has been made. Every household and school should have a copy of this book. Thank you Pam and Doug for your dedication to this project