In the wake of Sandy Hook, the nation was confronted with the long overdue question of gun safety and individual liberty. But there is another long overdue question. Why are there no medals for teachers?
September 15, 1963. A car travels North from Valle de Bravo, Mexico toward the border of Laredo, Texas. Artist John Henry Waddell, age 42, and his family have spent the past two and half years living in Mexico.
Most Americans would say that "ensuring that Sgt. Peralta's sacrifice receives the honor it deserves" goes hand in hand with -- if not being a necessary part of -- "preserving the integrity of the process for awarding decorations for heroism" to our troops.
Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act to protect the reputation of military decorations and honors from false pretenders. Such false representations dishonor the decorations themselves, and diminish the reputation.
Dakota Meyer, a former Marine Corps corporal, will be the first living Marine Corps recipient of our nation's highest award for valor "since now-retired Sgt. Maj. Allan Kellogg received the medal for actions 41 years ago in Vietnam."