Op-ed: If you wear military medals earned by a veteran, and not you, you could soon find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
In those heady days of 1960's swinging London military wear became fashionable. It was common place in Carnaby Street to see youngsters wearing old military jackets and yes at times that included medals.
In the 21st Century medals in some cases are worn by scammers.
One man conned his wife he was a military veteran and even conned the Invictus games before his lies were blown apart.
Gareth Johnson (Dartford), a Tory MP has put forward a Private Member's Bill in the House of Commons that would reintroduce legislation making it a criminal offence to wear medals not earned.
Yes it used to be against the law.
Making doing so a criminal offence again may seem harsh but some people will be happy to see the law tightened.
The bill would be called the Awards For Valour (Protection) Bill and is generally supported by the government.
The Bill had its second reading in the Commons last week and Mr Johnson said: "To undermine our veterans is wrong. To claim you're a military hero when you are not is wrong, and to steal valour is wrong. "The point of this Bill is to protect genuine heroes. People should not be able to claim that they are heroes when they are not. "The so-called Walter Mittys, parading themselves at Remembrance Service parades and elsewhere, sporting medals they have not earned, is not only insulting, but it undermines those medals and those who have legitimately earned them."
Mr Johnson said the aim is to catch those who intentionally deceive and there will be safeguarding in place for medal wearers with mental health issues. Relatives will still be able to wear a family member's medals but on the right not left breast. If you get this wrong you will not face criminal charges.
Legislation was in place in the UK until 2006 but was not carried over when a new armed forces act came into place.
Earlier this year Prince Edward was under attack for wearing a chest full of medals. The Sun called the Prince, 52, a "marine dropout"; he joined the Royal Marines after Cambridge University but quit after just four months.
Members of the British monarchy tend to be resplendent with medals at many events so he is not alone.
Many military personnel like my late father, a WWII veteran conscript of more than seven years, did not claim their medals.
They knew the score.
If you want to claim a late relative's medals check out the appropriate government department online here.
The Bill has the backing of the Defence Committee but as BBC News reports not all veterans agree;