Unfortunately, incidents of Stolen Valor are not hard to come by these days. We're not sure if there are more military fakers out there in 2015, or if it is just easier for individuals to uncover these military frauds thanks to smartphones and social media.
Either way, the sooner we can eliminate Stolen Valor and convict those who pose as veterans and service members to pad their pockets, the better off we all will be. These individuals cause more damage than some may think. Military fakers don’t just take advantage of military discounts on Black Friday or eat a free meal on Veterans Day. They often run scams that can cheat other military members, veterans and civilians out of money.
In 2013, President Obama signed the Stolen Valor Act into law. But, there are a couple of states who have introduced even tougher laws with harsher punishment than the federal laws for Stolen Valor.
As we mentioned above, with the ease of shooting and uploading videos to the Internet with smartphones and how quickly these YouTube videos can spread on social media, it seems like more and more men and women are being exposed for falsely impersonating military veterans and service members.
This website was started by Anthony Anderson – an Army staff sergeant who served in Afghanistan. According to Anderson, “This sort of thing is skyrocketing – it’s really an epidemic."
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