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"Lighten Up, Francis."

Thank goodness for Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.). He nipped those naughty Purple Heart posers in the bud - you know, all those jerks who Salazar fears are trying to pick up chicks with fake Purple Hearts, as the two fun-loving guys played by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson do in the summer blockbuster "Wedding Crashers." 

Salazar is boasting that he convinced New Line Cinema to remove its spoofy Purple Heart "crasher's kit" from the movie's official Web site. "If any movie goers take the advice of the 'Wedding Crashers' and try to use fake Purple Hearts to get girls, they may wind up picking up an FBI agent instead," Salazar said in a statement.  

Under legislation proposed by Salazar, bozos like that would be charged with a crime for falsely impersonating a decorated veteran. 

The Congressman is convinced that "The Wedding Crashers" and its Web site's obnoxious tutorial on how to pick up chicks and navigate boozy parties would cause real problems. The Web site, which was taken down, said: "Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration, and plenty of free booze. To get one of these babies, some dudes have to prove their physical, mental and spiritual strength, with great feats of bravery on the battlefield. All you need to do is press the button below." And voila! A fake Purple Heart to print out. 

Oh thank you Congressman Salazar, for saving women everywhere from these
horrible impostors!

RESPONSE

 

To The Editor

 

I am a staunch conservative and wrote many editorials supporting the re-election of President George W. Bush, but am also a former Special Forces (Green Beret) officer who served in the Viet Nam War and am very disappointed in Mort Kondrakeís Heard on the Hill column sarcastically poking fun at Congressman John Salazar (D, CO) for his proposal of the STOLEN VALOR ACT, and righteous indignation over the portrayal of the young men (protagonists) in the partying, macho, coming-of-age comedy THE WEDDING CRASHERS, who carry phony Purple Heart credentials to pick up women. 

Does Mr. Kondrake, who I noticed has never served in the military, have any idea how much we appreciate Congressman Salazarís efforts, which are privately applauded by most of the members of the apolitical Military Order of the Purple Heart, Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and other hallowed military service organizations? Mr Kondrake, you did not lose best friends, legs, arms, spleens, kidneys, lungs, bones, or your innocence while earning the right to wear the Purple Heart. Yet, you ridiculed a Congressman for trying to stop all the phonies who have no right whatsoever to wear medals reserved for those braves souls who did indeed earn the right to wear them? 

You call yourself a Conservative. And, apparently just to attack a democrat, you belittled a medal like the Purple Heart, which is a less-than-adequate trade or recompense for the loss of oneís life or limbs. Shame on you and shame on Roll Call for publishing such a thoughtless attack. As a Bush-supporting, speech-making, editorial- writing, proud, American veteran, and Republican, I highly applaud you, Congressman Salazar for standing up for our dignity, honor, and exclusivity, and I know I speak for millions of grateful veterans, and millions who have lost respect for you Mr. Kondrake.

Don Bendell, a veteran
Canon City, CO

Don Bendell served as an officer in four Special Forces Groups, is a best-selling author with over 1,500,000 copies of his books in print worldwide, a 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame, and owns karate schools in southern Colorado. Visit him online at: www.DonBendell.com

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James Fields (Left) regaled the audience in Chillicothe, MO, on veterans day with tales of his heroism that earned him a Navy Cross for heroism in Vietnam while serving under Lt. Col. Oliver North. The same day in St. Louis, Michael Wielbacher showed up for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball wearing the Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Medal, along with a two Silver Stars with "V", four Bronze, and more. Both were bogus heroes. Wielbacher is prosecutable but Fields is NOT (he was wearing a Navy Cross PIN, not the Medal. Both are exposed in this excellent report from the St. Louis Fox Affiliate.

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"I congratulate Congressman Salazar for getting on this case and I am with him all the way." 
Bob Schieffer, CBS Evening News 

Stolen Valor Act of 2005
H.R. 3352 & S. 1998

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John T. Salazar (CO-3) SPONSOR
111 Members of Congress Co-Sponsoring This Bill in the House
(Sorted By State & District)

(AL-5) Robert Bud Cramer 
(AR-1) Marion Berry  
(AR-4) Mike Ross 
(AZ-7) Raul Grijalva  
(CA-1) Mike Thompson 
(CA-8) Nancy Pelosi
(CA-15 Mike Honda 
(CA-18) Dennis Cardoza 
(CA-20) Jim Costa 
(CA-29) Adam Schiff 
(CA-33) Diane Watson 
(CA-38) Grace Napolitano 
(CA-43) Joe Baca 
(CA-51) Bob Filner 
(CO-2) Mark Udall 
(
FL-2) Allen Boyd  
(FL-17) Kendrick Meek 
(FL-23) Alcee Hastings  
(GA-3) Jim Marshall  
(GA-12) John Barrow  
(GU)  Madeleine Bordallo
((HI-2) Ed Case  
(IA-3) Leonard Boswell 
(IL-4) Luis Gurierrez  
(IL-5) Rahm Emanuel 
(IN-7) Julia Carson  
(KS-3) Dennis Moore  
.(KY-6) Ben Chandler  
(LA-3) Charlie Melancon
(MD-4) Albert Wynn
(MD-5) Steny Hoyer  
(ME-1) Thomas Allen 
(ME-2) Michael Michaud
(MI-5) Dale Kildee
(MI-14) John Conyers
(MN-7) Colin Peterson  
(MS-4) Gene Taylor  
(NC-7) Mike McIntyre  
(ND) Earl Pomeroy  
(NJ-9) Steven Rothman
(
NJ-13) Robert Mendez (NM-3) Tom Udall  
(NV-1) Shelly Berkley
(NY-2) Steve Israel  
(NY-4) Carolyn McCarthy 
(NY-12 )Nydia Velazquez  
(NY-16) Jose Serrano  
(NY-22) Maurice Hinchey
(OH-6) Ted Strickland  
(OH-13) Sherrod Brown  
(OH-17) Tim Ryan  
(OK-2) Dan Boren  
(OR-5) Darlene Hooley  
(PA-17) Tim Holden  
(SD) Stephanie Herseth  
(TN-4) Lincoln Davis  
(TN-5) Jim Cooper  
(TN-6) Bart Gordon 
(TN-8) John Tanner  
(TN-9) Harold Ford  
(TX-15) Ruben Hinojosa  
(TX-16) Silvestre Reyes  
(TX-20) Charles Gonzalez
 (TX-25) Lloyd Doggett  
(TX-27) Solomon Ortiz  
(TX-28) Henry Cuellar  
(TX-29) Gene Green  
(TX-30) Eddie B. Johnson
(UT-3) Jim Matheson  
(WA-3) Brian Baird  
(WA-7) Jim McDermott
(WA-9) Adam Smith  
(WV-3) Nick Rahall  
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NOTE: ALL SIX Representatives from Kentucky, including members of BOTH parties, have signed on as co-sponsors for this bill. Way to go KENTUCKY.


(AL-6) Spencer Bachus
(AZ-1) Rick Renzi
(CA-41) Jerry Lewis
(CA-44) Ken Calvert
(CO-4) Marilyn Musgrave
(CO-6) Tom Tancredo  
CO-7) Bob Beauprez
(CT-2) Rob Simmons
(IL-16) Donald Manzullo
(IN-4) Steve Buyer
(IN-5) Dan Burton
(IN-8) John Hostettler
(KY-1) Ed Whitfield 
(KY-2) Ron Lewis  
(KY3) Anne Northup  
(KY-4) Geoff Davis  
(KY-5) Harold Rogers  
(LA-5) Rodney Alexander
(MI-8) Mike Rogers
(MI-11) Thaddeus McCotter
(MN-2) John Kline  
(MO-6) Sam Graves
(NC-8) Robin Hayes
(NE-1) Jeff Fortenberry
(NE-2) Lee Terry
(NJ-4) Christopher Smith
(NJ-5) Scott Garrett
(NJ-7) Mike Ferguson
(NY-13) Vito Fossella
NY-19) Sue Kelly
(NY-24) Sherwood Boehlert
(NY-29) John Randy Kuhl  
(PA-3) Phil English  
(TN-3) Zach Wamp
(TX-2) Ted Poe 
(TX-23) Henry Bonilla
(VA-10) Frank Wolf
(WI-8) Mark Green

Kent Conrad (ND) - Sponsor
26 SENATE Co-SPONSORS
S 1998 SENATE VERSION of Stolen Valor:
PASSED SENATE September 7

(AR) Mark Pryor
(AR) Blanche Lincoln
(CO) Ken Salazar 
(CT) Joseph Lieberman
(HI) Daniel Inouye
(NE) Benjamin Nelson  
(NJ) Frank Lautenberg  
(NM) Jeff Bingaman 
(NY) Hillary Clinton
(SD) Tim Johnson  
(WV) John Rockefeller  
(WV) Robert Byrd 

(AK) Ted Stevens
CO) Wayne Allard  
(GA) Johnny Isakson  
(GA) Saxby Chambliss 
(KS) Pat Roberts
(LA) David Vitter  
(MT) Conrad Burns  
(NC) Elizabeth Dole  
(NE) Chuck Hagel
(PA) Arlen Specter
(PA) Rick Santorum  
(SD) John Thune
(WY) Thomas Craig
(WY) Michael Enzi

ENDORSEMENTS

Other Medal of Honor and/or Veteran Related Legislation

H. Res. 297
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H. RES. 404
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