Mr. Lakin update

The Terry Lakin action fund is reporting that Mr. Lakin’s dismissal has been approved and ordered executed.

If correct he is now Mr. Lakin.  Unlike a retiree who retains her commission, or an honorably discharged officer who may use the honorific, one who is dismissed by court-martial loses the privileges of rank, including being addressed by her rank. 

Query, if he continues to refer to himself as a lieutenant colonel, and gains money from the use of the title, does he violate the Stolen Valor Act?  The current act is before the Supreme Court in United States v. Alvarez, No. 11-210.  I’ve linked to SCOTUSBlog so you can read all the materials if desired.  But the Congress has before it the Stolen Valor Act of 2011.

Whoever, with intent to obtain anything of value, knowingly makes a misrepresentation regarding his or her military service . . .

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