Individual services offered during Value Day include legal advice with lawyers specializing in veterans` legal issues, personal tax returns, resume reviews, retirement and investment strategies, and credit advice. The event includes an information exhibit for veterans with representatives from more than a dozen veterans and government organizations on site. Valor is not an audit or law firm. All information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be treated as legal, investment or tax advice. All information contained herein is provided “as is” and is current only at the time of publication and is subject to change at any time without notice. “We can`t thank you enough for your work in solving this issue. It has been a pleasure to work with you and lead this legal process. I have worked with many lawyers during my career and have found them professional, friendly, responsible and efficient. Thank you very much! Jessica H. Following the Supreme Court decision, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it would unveil a new website, valor.defense.gov, that would provide a public registry of medal recipients.
This page was unveiled on July 25, 2012.  In addition, in response, Representative Joe Heck supported the Stolen Value Act of 2012 to criminalize profit by falsely claiming to have received a Military Combat Service Medal, which passed by a vote of 410 to 3;  An accompanying bill was supported by Senator Jim Webb, which passed as an amendment to the Defence Authorization Act.  IM 113. Congressman Heck reintroduced the amended law and received 65 co-sponsors.  The law made it illegal for unauthorized persons to wear, buy, sell, trade, or produce “congressionally approved awards or medals for the armed forces of the United States, or medals or insignia of service awarded to members of such armed forces.” In the 18 months since the law was enacted, the Chicago Tribune estimated that there were twenty lawsuits. This number increased as awareness of the law spread.  Valor Law gives each new case the attention it deserves. Valor Law works closely with you to help you make the right decisions regarding your legal needs.
U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn issued his ruling rejecting the prosecution`s argument that lies about possessing military medals dilute their meaning and meaning. “This utterly unsubstantiated claim is, frankly, shocking and even unintentionally offensive to the profound sacrifices of military personnel that the Stolen Value Act purports to honour,” Blackburn wrote. “To say that the heroism of our soldiers on the battlefield is motivated in any way, let alone convincingly, by considering whether a medal can be awarded, simply contradicts my understanding.  Attorney Chris Beall, who filed an amicus curiae letter on behalf of the Colorado ACLU, said the decision was remarkable. “The First Amendment protects speech we don`t like,” he said. “We don`t need the First Amendment for speech that people love.
The government cannot criminalize a statement simply because it is false, no matter how important it is. Beall points out that Strandlof has not been charged with stealing money meant for the veterans` group, adding that laws are already in place for these crimes. “It`s just an old, normal daily fraud, and we track that every day,” he said. “Congress doesn`t need special legislation to prevent people from using false claims of bravery to prevent fraud.”  John Wagner, executive director of the Warrior Legacy Foundation, a veterans` group that lobbied for Strandlof to be prosecuted, said he would lobby for an appeal. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Denver said prosecutors were reviewing the decision and had not decided whether she wanted to appeal. The spokesman said the decision would be made by the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington and prosecutors in Denver.  The College of Law will hold its sixth Value Day on Saturday, February 6, beginning at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dineen Hall. Representatives from more than a dozen organizations will provide free legal, financial, professional and counselling services to veterans, serving military personnel and their immediate families.
The Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA), a collectors` organization, rejected the adopted version of the law. OMSA was concerned about the changes to 18 USCs, which implied in its decision that any movement or exchange of medals was illegal.   “The right to speak and write whatever one wants—including, to some extent, worthless, offensive, and verifiable lies—without dodging for fear of a powerful government is, in our view, an essential part of the protections afforded by the First Amendment,” Justice Smith wrote. If lying about a medal can be classified as a crime, Smith said, so many daily lies could become criminal acts, such as lying about age, distorting the financial situation on Facebook or telling the mother lies about alcohol, smoking or sex.  The VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program aims to prevent injuries and fatalities to law enforcement officers and those they serve, and to improve officer health and resilience. We are experts in oil and gas operations. Valor`s energy team has intergenerational experience and knowledge of oil and gas drilling operations in the United States. Valor supports all aspects of the oil and gas industry and helps our clients reduce the administrative burden of oil and gas operations. Valor provides comprehensive oil and gas accounting and accounting, full sales accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, common interest settlements, ownership relationships, division orders, conversion services and oil and gas compliance services. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), part of the U.S. Department of Justice`s Office of Justice program, helps make American communities safer by strengthening the country`s criminal justice system. Its grants, training and technical assistance, as well as policy development services, provide state, local and tribal governments with the most advanced tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement and combat victimization.
To learn more about BJA, visit www.bja.gov or follow BJA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DOJBJA/) and Twitter (@DOJBJA). The law was passed to address the problem of individuals claiming to have received military decorations to which they were not entitled and exploiting their deception for personal gain. For example, as of June 2, 2006, there were only 120 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, but there were many more known scammers.    There were also a large number of people who fraudulently claimed to be Navy SEALS and Army Special Forces, among others. The bill was first introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 19, 2005 by Representative John Salazar, a Democrat from Colorado, as H.R. 3352.   It was introduced in the Senate on November 10, 2005 by Senator Kent Conrad, a Democrat from North Dakota, at p. 1998.   The Senate version was adopted unanimously on September 7, 2006.   The House of Representatives passed the Senate version, p. 1998, on December 6, 2006.
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