“We, as a nation, place a high degree of trust in those who proudly don America’s military decorations.  When an individual lies about receiving medals that were not, in fact, earned, we feel the utmost betrayal.  Restoring Valor offers a compelling and thorough account of this phenomenon known as ‘stolen valor.’” Senator Bob Dole

“All of America needs to read this important information and learn from it.” Sergeant First Class Sammy L. Davis, Medal of Honor, Vietnam (USA/Ret.)

“This book is a must-read for all Veterans! An outstanding chronicle of the extraordinary work done by the Sterners to protect our heroic veterans’ valorous actions. Less than 1 percent of Americans ever serve in our armed forces. Nearly everyone wishes they had. There are a lot of wannabe heroes in the 99 percent who never served. Thank you, Pam and Doug, for your tireless efforts in outing many of these phony heroes.” – John C. "Doc" Bahnsen, Brigadier General, US Army (Retired)

"Terrific read. Stories of stolen valor you won’t believe, and those who hunt them down and participated in writing legislation to restore dignity to all those who have truly served in combat.” – Peter C. Lemon, Recipient, Congressional Medal of Honor

"An eye opening must read for every veteran. Restoring Valor not only identifies the reasons for enacting the Stolen Valor Act but also demonstrates the why every veteran service organization needs to safe guard their ranks as well as their community against false claims of military service and valor." Mark L. Donald, Navy Cross recipient and past service as board member for the Legion of Valor and Department Commander for the Military Order of Purple Heart.

Coming February 4, 2014

One Couple's Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes 
and Protect America's Military Awards System

Doug and Pam Sterner
With Michael Mink


  • Hardcover: 272 pages
    Skyhorse Publishing (February 4, 2014)


Stolen valor occurs when a person lies about receiving military decorations that he or she has in fact never earned. It has become a major societal problem that has been discussed numerous times in the news and, most recently, by the US Supreme Court. According to The New York Times, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid disability benefits to more than six hundred people falsely claiming to have been POWs in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. The number of stolen valor cases reported to the FBI has tripled in the last decade. In fact, more imposters lie about earning high military declarations for battlefield bravery than the actual number of real-life hero recipients. These imposters trade on tales and the trappings of military valor to secure privileges such as career advancements and even unearned veterans’ benefits.

Because officially recognized valor is a calling card of trust and courage, many of these imposters “steal” it to invade the lives of people and institutions, for personal gain and often with criminal results. In Restoring Valor, Doug Sterner provides riveting case studies of the stolen valor imposters he’s investigated and exposed, and the serious crimes — including murder — they’ve committed. He chronicles the evolution of stolen valor from the inception of the republic to today. Sterner demonstrates why the federal law he and his wife Pam helped to enact, called the Stolen Valor Act, is necessary.

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Chapters Include:


  1. A Bit of Colored Ribbon: The History Of Medals
  2. Buy a Medal - Be a Hero
  3. There Ought to be a Law
  4. The Stolen Valor Act
  5. It'll Take an Act of Congress
  6. It's Not Like I Killed Somebody or Something
  7. Going Back to Where I've Never Been
  8. Mother Me, Smother Me, I've Suffered Much
  9. Putting the Con On Congress
  10. Putting the Con In Congress
  11. The Monster in the Closet
  12. What Else are You Lying About?
  13. A Lie too Far
  14. A Man for all Reasons
  15. The Constitutional Right to Lie
  16. Stolen Valor Act 2.0
  17. The Other Side of Stolen Valor: Improperly Denied Heroism
  18. The Final Indignity

Appendix 1 - How to Spot a Phony
Appendix 2 - FOIA & Understanding Military Records
Appendix 3 - Resources

More information will be added closer to Publication Date





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