Did the U.S. government in the last 20 years tell veterans they could buy their own replacement medals at a pawn shop as government suppl…

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My answer to Did the U.S. government in the last 20 years tell veterans they could buy their own replacement medals…

Answer by Ken Larson:

Any citizen can buy commercially and wear a military medal, weather or not he or she was even in the military or, if in the military whether or not he or she earned the awards.

“MILITARY .COM”

“A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran’s conviction for wearing military medals he didn’t earn, saying it was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution.

A specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment allows people to wear unearned military honors.

Joe Swisher of Idaho was convicted in 2007 of violating the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a misdemeanor to falsely claim military accomplishments. President George W. Bush signed it into law in 2006, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down in 2012 as a violation of free speech protections.”

Unearned military medals are free speech, courts say

To specifically answer your question, a veteran can apply for his or her medals at the “Department of Heraldry” for the service in which he or she served. There is no shortage of supply.

A DD214 “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty” is required and a fee is charged. The individual then receives a paper authentication of eligibility for the awards and the medals themselves, shipped to the address provided in the application.

Did the U.S. government in the last 20 years tell veterans they could buy their own replacement medals at a pawn shop as government suppl…

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2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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