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The CSRA's military community voices support for the Stolen Valor Act

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The United States Supreme Court will soon decide if falsely claiming to have received medals for military service will be legalized.

Thom Tuckey, a retired Colonel who served 30 years in the U.S. Army voiced his opinion on the issue.

"I think I can speak for all veterans, we're somewhat appalled anytime someone claims to have served in the military when they haven't - or claims to have received some sort of medal when they haven't, it's frustrating," said Tuckey.

Tuckey also said when people lie about having a decorated military record it dishonors the sacrifices made by the members of our military.

"It's a slap in the face of those who really have served their country, who really have made the sacrifices, separations from their families and especially for the families who have actually lost family members," said Tuckey.

Chris Ham served in the military for eight years and he says the best way to receive a medal is to enlist.

"If you want to receive any type of honor, to be in the military you should join the military," said Ham.

Jeffrey Foley, retired Brigadier General for the U.S. Army said, "The army has seven values of which loyalty and integrity are a part. Anyone who is going to lie about having earned medals, especially medals of valor - ultimately the Medal of Honor to me is a deplorable thing."

Members of our military aren't the only ones concerned, civilians are too.

"They deserve the credit, instead of just average Joes on the street, fabricating the stories and trying to get recognition for something that they haven't done," said resident, Kelly Ruark.

Although Tuckey believes the Supreme Court should uphold the Stolen Valor Act, he does wonder how far is too far.

"What about all the people that falsify their resumes, their colleges that they claim to have gone too," said Tuckey.

The Supreme Court didn't reach a decision about the Stolen Valor Act Tuesday; count on Fox54 to keep you updated.

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