At our meeting the other night; I followed your advice and discussed the stolen valor act at our Post meeting. I did not intentionally single out, name or embarrass any member and comrade. I addressed the members and made my point. No names were mentioned, I gave a blanket statement. I talked about honor, duty and the fact we are still at war.
After I made my small speech, the individual in question jumped up out of his seat and defended the wearing of his ribbons. Funny how this wasnít directed at him at all, but he responded. He explained that he is currently wearing a combination of his Armed Forces Ribbons (3) on the DD214 and about (9) Commemorative ribbons that he purchased from the Medals of America. Is this authorized? I have never seen this in any VFW Honor Guard and Iíve been a member for 23 years. I now realize this person is misrepresenting the VFW, Our Post, other Veterans and himself. He brings discredit to all Veterans by the wearing of fictitious awards. Iíve done my part it is now up to the Commander to address this issue. Any advice you can share would be greatly appreciated. I need to help the Commander see this travesty, because this also is a reflection on his Command.
Our State VFW Inspector was at our meeting, he appreciated the attention to this issue. He too was amazed how this had become an issue at our post.
Thanks again for all your help