Editor’s note: In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 law barring individuals from falsely claiming they earned military honors, on grounds that people have a constitutional right to lie.
American Forces Press Service
The Defense Department unveiled a new website today that honors service members’ highest acts of valor.
The site – at http://valor.defense.gov – is designed to raise awareness of service members’ heroism and to help deter those who falsely claim military honors, officials said.
Recognizing those who have served so honorably remains the crux of the DOD effort, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said. “One of the most important things we can do for all veterans is to honor the service of those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty,” he added.
Ultimately, officials said, the intent of the website is to honor soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who received the highest valor awards in operations since Sept. 11, 2001. These are the Medal of Honor, service crosses and the Silver Star. The listing covers only awards since Sept. 11, 2001. The site currently lists only those awarded the Medal of Honor, and will expand to include the other awards, officials said.
“It is essential that we honor and recognize our service members’ achievements, while maintaining the integrity of our award data,” said Erin C. Conaton, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. “We are working quickly to compile accurate information on the heroes of the post-9/11 conflicts. At the same time, we will work with the military services to identify and seek to address the challenges associated with compiling data from earlier conflicts.”
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