Tuesday, September 25, 2012
According to the database website, the military awards the Silver Star for "gallantry in action"...
-While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States;
-While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
-While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
The Department of Defense created the Valor website in response to the U.S Supreme Court striking down the Stolen Valor Act of 2005. That law made it a crime to lie about being the recipient of military medals. In his ruling, Justice Kennedy wrote that if the Pentagon created a database of all military medal recipients, it would make it easier to root out false claims.
The web address for the Valor site is http://valor.defense.gov.