A recent decision of the Supreme Court, which overturned the Stolen Valor Act that made it a crime to lie about being a recipient of the Medal of Honor as well as other prestigious military decorations, has resulted in various reactions from Veterans, as well as military families.
These reactions, which came out after the Supreme Court ruled to toss out the conviction of former California politician Xavier Alvarez, who was charged with lying about being a decorated military Veteran.
Murel Winans, an 87-year-old Veteran of World War II who was among those who landed on Normandy’s Omaha Beach on D-Day, said that lying about military service can “cause real harm” and bring doubts about the authenticity of claims made by those who actually served in combat. Winans shared: “You feel like you never earned it, because when you tell someone what you’ve done, they’ll say, ‘you’re lying just like those other guys.’”
Medal of Honor recipient Jack Jacobs, who earned the highest award for valor in combat for courageous actions while serving during the Vietnam War, on the other hand, believes in the decision. He said: “There are lots of things people do that revolt me, but I’m happy that I fought for this country not to give them the right to do something stupid, but for the majority of the people to do the right thing… I’m a free speech guy.”
Rose Moore, whose son is currently deployed to Afghanistan, gave the following reaction: “My boys are out there giving their heart and soul… To have someone say they did it and they didn’t do anything — it’s a lie, it’s dishonest.”