[Ed. – Stolen valor]
I spent eight years in the United States Air Force. I’ve seen action during the Gulf War, and I left the military with 11 ribbons. A federal appeals court has thrown out one man’s conviction for wearing military medals he did not earn. As a matter of fact, here are my ribbons:
I earned each one with my service so excuse me if I say I am pissed at the latest ruling by the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. They ruled that wearing unearned military medals constitutes a protected form of free speech.
The court ruled that wearing unearned military medals constitutes a protected form of free speech.
The case revolves around a Elven Swisher, who lied about secret missions to Korea and classified wars to receive $2,366 a month in benefits from the Veterans Administration. Among his fraudulent claims, Swisher claims he also received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device, and a Purple Heart.