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Some have taken to counting and ridiculing Clarke's pins and medals, likening them to the infamous "pieces of flair" required of Chotchkie's servers in the cult classic "Office Space."

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But it turns out “stolen valor” is actually a serious offense. It’s a federal crime to fraudulently present oneself as the recipient of authentic military medals like a Silver Star, a Purple Heart or a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and some veterans are outraged by how Clarke presents himself. 

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Clarke and his advocates point out he is not wearing military medals, and he insists he is not trying to pass himself off as a decorated military veteran. Retired Army sergeant John Lilyea told Snopes.com that he had no problem with Clarke's pins.

I don’t see anything wrong with what Sheriff Clarke is wearing. None of it is military-related.
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The Washington Post actually went through all of Clarke's pins and identified their symbols where possible. Some are anti-crime, and some are anti-abortion or pro-gun.

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And some veterans, including Charles Clymer, are enraged by what they see as an act of deceit that cheapens real military service. They think Clarke is cosplaying as a general to benefit his image, which isn't just disrespectful—it's illegal.

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But Snopes ruled that Clarke was not intentionally deceiving anyone with his pins. If he was wearing actual military medals, that would be a different story, but he's not.

It's not "stolen valor" — the notorious Milwaukee sheriff never claimed to have served in the military and says he wears a number of pins that have personal significance to him.
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