Iowa Stolen Valor

I was all set to a post on local events as I usually do on
Fridays when two things happened. I noticed nothing could be
found going on today with my resorces and I received an email.

I feel I owe Iowa Congressman Shawn Hamerlinck an apology.
During one of my rants I stated all politicians had lost their
common sense and Senator Hamerlinck has not. I am sorry for
my assumption that he was as clueless as the others who don’t
seem to care what the people want.

After California Appeals Judge Milan D. Smith likened the Stolen
Valor law to lying about your age or weight on a driver’s license, Congressman Hamerlinck readied a bill that would make it a State offense to lie about honors received during military service.
To quote the email-

“If upheld as it currently stands, it becomes acceptable for
individuals to lie about military service and honors of valor
in order to profit in some way,” stated Senator Shawn Hamerlinck
(R-Dixon). “Demeaning the Congressional Medal of Honor, Navy
Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart to the weight recorded on a
driver’s license is appalling.”

Per capita, Iowa has more active duty soldiers currently deployed
than any other state in the nation. “In Iowa, those who volunteer
for service are held at a higher regard than the credit offered by
the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California,” Hamerlinck went
on to say. “Knowing that the U.S. Supreme Court process could take
another two years, I have filed a Stolen Valor Act in Iowa and am
confident that it will be embraced by the Legislature and win
approval in the upcoming session.”

We hope so, we certainly hope so. As an American, a Veteran, and
an Iowan I salute you and wish the best with this.
Comments are always welcome.

7 Responses to Iowa Stolen Valor

  1. ronith says:

    The R.I. Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association would not let a authentic Vietnam combat veteran join their chapter. He was 100% qualified to belong but the state rep who never seen combat made up all kinds of accusations to keep him out. The National CVMA was notified but backed the R.I. CVMA in its assault on this combat veteran. Only about 20/30% of these members ever seen combat if that. They wear a large patch on their back claiming that they are somthing they are not. This is stolen valor and these frauds should be exposed.

  2. FOB says:

    I agree with what you are saying above. This is a big problem today, vets claiming their combat veteran when they never left the safety of the wire and in most cases had cell phone service, satellite TV, rec halls, gyms, PX’s and better living conditions than they had back in the good ol’ U.S.A. Seems everybody today that went in a war zone no matter where or what they did is a combat veteran. This is a definate act of stealing valor from the people who were in the front row with the up front seats. As far as these FOB’s judging legitimate combat veterans, that also is stolen valor and shows no respect at all for the veteran who did the dirty work. Where do these people in the R.I. combat veteran motorcycle association get off with treating real combat veterans like they were nothing ?

  3. cruisin2 says:

    ronith,
    It should but I wouldn’t know who to contact. I find that almost as offensive as what Judge Smith wrote; “If the courts uphold the law, then there would be no constitutional bar to criminalizing lying about one’s height, weight, age or financial status on Match.com or
    Facebook, or falsely representing one’s mother that one does not smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, is a virgin, or has not exceeded the speed limit while driving on the freeway. The sad fact is, most people lie about some aspects of their lives from time to time.”

    FOB,
    I agree and admit to not knowing the group or their intentions. I will try to check into it.

  4. anonymous says:

    Of course Hamerlinck knows all about lying.

  5. thescoundrel says:

    I never did understand the reasoning behind the Smith judicial ruling. Lying can get you into serious legal trouble in many instances.

  6. namvet says:

    Just read the rules and regs in order to get into this combat vet motorbike association. Seems in order to get in, one has to show proof (dd214) that one served in a war zone or an area where one received combat pay no matter what ones job was, ride a bike over 500cc and hand over $20. There is no waiting period or prospecting. That means if one pulled guard duty at the PX in the green zone of Iraq one could join this club. I do not think one serving in a war zone makes one a combat veteran. Just like one who flies an airplane is not a pilot. Why do people especially some veterans make these false claims? And veterans judging veterans like what was said above by ronith reminds me of when we came home from Vietnam. Hope this Nam vet who this Rhode Island combat motorbike club rejected fights like holy heck to expose those involved.

  7. cruisin2 says:

    anonymous,
    True, and this may be a bold-faced attempt to get votes, but I still like the idea.

    scoundrel,
    I can’t argue with that line of thinking.

    namvet,
    In bigger groups sometimes local chapters can bend the rules without getting caught. I don’t know why some lie about their military service but I don’t like it either.

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