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Silver Star Recipients Added To Pentagon's Valor Database

Sgt. Ryan T. Sotelo receives Silver Star
Sgt. Ryan T. Sotelo receives Silver Star

The Pentagon's "Valor" website will now include recipients of the Silver Star - the third-highest combat decoration the U.S. military can award a service member.

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.