Is Stolen Valor a “Freedom of Speech” Issue?


At issue is Elven Swisher, who lied about secret missions to Korea and classified wars in order to receive $2,366 per month in benefits from the Veterans Administration. Among his fraudulent claims is that he received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device, and a Purple Heart.

Swisher stole recognitions bestowed on honorable men who served and sacrificed. Theft is not freedom os speech.


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