For military honorees, ‘stolen valor’ is a reality

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Some military veterans said they consider the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Stolen Valor Act a slap in the face.

For Jack Jacobs, though, it was the right decision. He says he wore the uniform to protect people’s rights — even if he doesn’t agree with how they exercise those rights.

The high court ruled 6-3 on Thursday to toss out the conviction of Xavier Alvarez, a former California politician who lied about being a decorated military veteran.

The ruling was issued the same day as the high court’s landmark decision upholding President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul. While much of the nation focused on that ruling, many people in military communities were more focused on the ruling on the Stolen Valor Act.

Credit: The Associated Press.