Should A Vet Be Allowed To Wear Medals They Did Not Earn?

January 12, 2016Jan 12, 2016

Now here's a bizarre case. According to the Associated Press, a Marine Corps veteran named Elven Joe Swisher, who has boasted many kills during his military service following the Korean War, was offered $10,000 to murder a federal judge. Swisher testified against the man who tried to solicit the hit job, and during his court appearance wore a purple heart — one of several military medals he's been seen wearing.


But his appearance in court got him in trouble for this reason: There is no record of him ever earning a medal during his time in the Marine Corps.

Swisher was then convicted of breaking the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it illegal to falsely claim accomplishments in the military. However, that law was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court and replaced by Obama with a law that makes it illegal to financially profit from misrepresenting your military service.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now ruled in favor of Swisher, saying his wearing of military medals he didn't earn is Constitutionally protected free speech.

What do you think about this?