Stars and Stripes stripes.com 22 Dec, 2020 02:15 am

Proposed bill would create path to repatriate Medals of Honor sold overseas

Proposed bill would create path to repatriate Medals of Honor sold overseas
Proposed legislation would allow Americans to purchase Medals of Honor found overseas and return them to the United States for educational purposes, repairing an unintended consequence of the Stolen Valor Act that banned importing the military medal.

Robert Law donated the soldier’s Medal of Honor to the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, which is projected to open in 2024 in Arlington, Texas.\ NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM FOUNDATION AUSTIN, Texas — Sen.The bill, which is headed to the Senate’s Finance Committee sometime in the new year, also threatens sanctions for those who engage in financial transactions of a Medal of Honor, unless it is to return the medal to the United States.“By creating a process for these medals to be donated to the military, museums, or educational institutions, future generations of Americans will be able to learn more about Medal of Honor recipients' heroic service and countless contributions to our country.

The bill, which was last modified in 2012, cracked down on people falsifying military service and awards and also banned the sale of a Medal of Honor, the highest valor award bestowed upon American service members.Subsequently, it also banned returning from overseas with a Medal of Honor, regardless of whether the transaction was legal in the country where it occurred.

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