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Restoring Valor: One Couple?s Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes and Protect America?s Military Awards System Hardcover – February 4, 2014

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In praise of Doug Sterner:

“[Doug Sterner] is a decorated Vietnam veteran who has made it his work in recent years to ensure that service members get the recognition they deserve and expose those who falsely claim acts of heroism under fire. Rather than wait for the government to act, Doug Sterner has.” —CBS News

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“We, as a nation, place a high degree of trust in those who proudly don America’s military decorations. When an individual lies about receiving medals that were not, in fact, earned, we feel the utmost betrayal.
Restoring Valor, offers a compelling and thorough account of this phenomenon known as ‘stolen valor.’” —Senator Bob Dole

“An eye-opening must-read for every veteran.
Restoring Valor not only identifies the reasons for enacting the Stolen Valor Act but also demonstrates why every veteran service organization needs to safeguard their ranks as well as their community against false claims of military service and valor.” —Mark L. Donald, Navy Cross recipient, former board member for the Legion of Valor, and department commander for the Military Order of Purple Heart

“All of America needs to read this important information and learn from it.”
—Sergeant First Class Sammy L. Davis, US Army (Ret.), Medal of Honor, Vietnam

“This book is a must-read for all veterans! It is an outstanding chronicle of the extraordinary work done by the Sterners to protect our heroic veterans’ valorous actions. Less than 1 percent of Americans ever serve in our armed forces. Nearly everyone wishes they had. There are a lot of wannabe heroes in the 99 percent who never served. Thank you, Pam and Doug, for your tireless efforts in outing many of these phony heroes.” —Brigadier General John C. “Doc” Bahnsen, US Army (Ret.)

“Terrific read. Stories of stolen valor you won’t believe, and those who hunt them down and participated in writing legislation to restore dignity to all those who have truly served in combat.” —Peter C. Lemon, recipient, Congressional Medal of Honor

About the Author

Doug Sterner is a Vietnam veteran and two-time Bronze Star recipient. He has been a frequent guest on news shows such as Anderson Cooper and is the media’s “go-to” person for the Stolen Valor Act. He is the founder of the Hall of Heroes website and curator of the Hall of Valor data base on Militarytimes.com. Pam Sterner is a graduate of Colorado State University, where, as a student in 2004, she authored the study that became the framework for the Stolen Valor Act. They live in Pueblo, Colorado.

Michael Mink is a free-lance writer who has written more than five-hundred nationally published articles and has co-authored two previous books.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Skyhorse; 1st Edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1626365512
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1626365513
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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Doug Sterner is a decorated former Army Combat Engineer who served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and in 2012 was enrolled as an Honorary Life Member of the Legion of Valor. In 1998 and again in 2002 he was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Owens to terms on the Colorado State Board of Veterans Affairs, and was subsequently elected to that Board as its Chairman.

In 1998 Doug launched a website at HomeOfHeroes.com to document the citations and biographies of our Nation’s Medal of Honor recipients. His website today receives more than 10 million hits each month. In 2001 he expanded his work to create a comprehensive database of military award recipients, and partnered with Military Times where he continues his work as Curator of the “Hall of Valor”, the the largest and most complete unoffical database of U.S. Military award recipients in the world.

Doug’s wife Pam, while a student at CSU-Pueblo, authored “The Stolen Valor Act” which she and Doug shepherded through Congress, as well as hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in what became a landmark 2012 First Amendment decision. Their efforts are detailed in their 2014 book: Restoring Valor – One Couple’s Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes and Protect America’s Military Awards System.

Doug has been a frequent guest on all major News Networks, and in May 2011 was named CNN’s most intriguing person in the news. He has been featured in two half-hour documentaries, and done two guest appearances for Lou Diamond Phillips’ History Channel program “An Officer and a Movie.” He and Pam were featured in a 2011 in AARP Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world, and he was again featured the following year (January 2012) in “Penthouse” for his work.

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