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    Stolen Valor Researchers Sound Alarm on House Proposal to Curtail Access to Military Records

    Stolen Valor Researchers Sound Alarm on House Proposal to Curtail Access to Military Records

    Uncovering when people are lying about their service could be harder under a proposal in Congress to restrict public access to some military records, researchers of stolen valor and military history say.

    At issue is a provision included in the House Appropriations Committee's draft 2024 Pentagon spending bill that would bar the military from releasing basic details about someone's service record without that person's consent.

    “It is a horrible idea,” said Doug Sterner, who curates a database of Medal of Honor recipients and championed a law that makes stolen valor a federal crime if it's for profit. “It's a horrible idea, and it flies in the face of the true history of the men and women that preserved this great nation.”

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    Right now, researchers, journalists and other members of the public can quickly ask the military services for some basic information about a service member's record without filing a formal public records request that could take months or years to process. Releasable information typically includes name, rank, past and present duty assignments, awards and decorations, among other details.

    Under the proposed defense spending bill, a current or former service member, or their next of kin if they are dead, would have to consent to releasing that information.

    If the service member or their family does…

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