With the Stolen Valor Act in the news again because the President signed it into law once more, we’ve been getting calls from around the country once again. In today’s Florida Today, Norman Moody writes about our friends and includes us in his examination of the issue;
Jonn Lilyea, a combat veteran who tracks false claims, said that the law will make people think twice before trying to profit by lying about their military record. Someone found guilty could be fined, imprisoned up to a year, or both.
Lilyea collaborates with other veterans to write a blog called “This Ain’t Hell,” a forum for veterans that since 2006 has been exposing false claims. He said the group discovered a veteran who falsely claimed to have served with Special Forces. The man was writing a book and had even received an advance when Lilyea’s group exposed him.
“We want to believe each other,” he said. “We don’t want to believe there are a bunch of phonies.”
Lilyea said more veterans are turning in tips that his group investigates. He said that most people being discovered as making false claims about military honors also tend to raise doubt about other aspects of their lives.
“We recognize when things don’t look right,” he said.