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.
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.
I hate lib/dem. They have no clue about being a patriot. He wears pins that represent diff LE organizations.
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.