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Access to Military Records by the General Public, including genealogists who are not next-of-kin
Limited information from Official Military Personnel Files is releasable to the general public without the consent of the veteran or the next-of-kin. You are considered a member of the general public if you are asking about a veteran who is no relation to you, or a veteran who is a relative but you are not the next-of-kin.
Website: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/public/general-public.html

Date added: July 08, 2010

Dating - How to spot a fake
"His weapon of choice was the internet. He created a fake dating profile filled with pictures of him wearing an officer uniform. Cooper claimed to be based out of Houston where he said he lived for a decade and flew an F-16. All of which would add up as bogus to the seasoned military community especially that there is not a Naval base in Houston, and the F-16 is an Air Force plane. However to unsuspecting women in search of their real life version of an officer and a gentleman they did not research his claims."

Website: http://mywingmandiana.military.com/4476/an-officer-gentleman-and-a-total-f ake/

Date added: March 26, 2011

Governmental Agencies
Locate your local FBI field office here:
http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm.

Locate your local U.S. Attorney's Office here:
http://www.justice.gov/usao/offices/index.html

The VA Office of the Inspector General vigorously investigates cases of fraud perpetrated against the VA and operates a hotline for the public to confidentially and safely report crimes like Stolen Valor involving VA or its programs.

Call: 800-488-8244
Fax: 202-565-7936
E-mail: vaoighotline@va.gov
Write to:
VA OIG HOTLINE
PO Box 50410
Washington, DC 20091-0410

When Stolen Valor involves members of the military, the individual suspected of committing the fraud can be reported directly to Department of Defense law enforcement. The appropriate points of contact by branch of service are as follows:

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations
http://www.osi.andrews.af.mil/main/contactus.asp

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command
http://www.cid.army.mil/reportacrime.html

U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service
http://www.ncis.navy.mil/contact.asp

Coast Guard Investigative Service
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg2/cgis/contact.asp

NCIS General Crimes and Fraud Hotline 1-800-264-6485

Inspector General of the Marine Corps Hotline 1-866-243-3887


Date added: July 11, 2010

P.O.W. Network
Catching Phonies and Wannabees!

We will help preserve an accurate Military history for future generations.
Website: http://pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies.htm

Date added: June 18, 2010

Spotting a Phony War Hero or POW
The Committee of Concerned Journalists posted this detailed report of how spot a phony and prepare for the interview.
Website: http://www.concernedjournalists.org/spotting-phony-war-hero-or-pow

Date added: July 08, 2010

Stolen Valor Act
View the Congressional Record
Website: http://bulk.resource.org/gpo.gov/laws/109/publ437.109.pdf

Date added: July 09, 2010