"I support holding hearings on this issue and I would like to know how pervasive the problem is as well as whether we can do more to address this issue. Those who fraudulently use military valor decorations for personal gain should be prosecuted and subjected to severe penalties. I believe that establishing a national database of military valor award recipients is a good idea if privacy issues can be adequately addressed, and I would like to hear comments from our veterans’ community and the Department of Defense on this proposal."
REP. MADELEINE BORDALLO, D-Guam, Armed Services

Congresswoman Bordallo is a Co-Sponsor of HR 666

 

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Below you will find links to some of the published media stories on HR 3769, or related issues:

DENVER
POST
09/11/07

Website a home base offering best data on vets who actually got medals
Following my exposure of Phony Massachusetts "hero" Glenn Marshall, Erin Emery of the Denver Post interviewed me for a story. At that time she asked, "What would YOU like to see come out of this story?" I told her and she did the FIRST article on the need for this database, published WEEKS before our bill was introduced in Congress.

Marine Corps
Times
09/17/07

Database could serve as example for feds
The September 17, 2007, edition of "Marine Corps Times" featured a COVER STORY on the problem of Stolen Valor, including an article on the NEED for a Roll of Valor. The Times Editorial Board followed with an op/ed piece strongly supporting such a database.

Marine Corps
Times
09/24/07

Support builds for military awards database
After repeated calls to the offices of both Senators and Reprsentatives on Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committee, Marine Corps Times Reporter John Hoellwarth reported on reaching to a National database in Congress.

Pueblo
Chieftain
09/25/07

Veteran promotes database for military honors
On September 25, following what became a national news story about fraudulent heroes found in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, the Pueblo Chieftain announced efforts to get Congress to pursue a National Roll of Honor. The following day the Chieftain Editorial Board announced their support for the idea in an op/ed on the editorial page.

Pueblo
Chieftain
09/28/07

Salazar to offer vet database bill
On September 28, three days after the Pueblo Chieftain story ran, Congressman John Salazar who represents Pueblo in Congress joined with Congressman Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania to introduce the Military Roll of Valor Act of 2007.

Marine Corps
Times
09/28/07

Support builds for military awards database
The Marine Corps Times, part of the Military Times group that had earlier called for this database in their Editorial, reported on announcement of the new bill along with initial Congressional Reactions.

Cape Cod
Times
9/29/07

Bill targets bogus medals
The case of phony hero Glenn Marshall, the man at the helm of a $1 BILLION casino in Massachusetts, highlighted the problem of fraud based on poor access to military records in August 2007. His example was more than anything, the impetus for action to introduce HR 3769.

Associated
Press
10/5/07

Medal Database Sought to Catch Frauds
The ASSOCIATED PRESS released this National story on the Call for a National Database of Military Awards.
   

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