Fitzpatrick Defends Honor of Nation's Veterans

Jul 23, 2012 Issues: Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) announced today that he has signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1775, the Stolen Valor Act of 2011.

"It is our duty as a nation to honor the sacrifices made by those who have answered the call of duty in service to our country," said Fitzpatrick.  "The Stolen Valor Act will punish those who falsely claim military service in the name of personal gain - a practice which disrespects the actual sacrifice made by our veterans."

"I urge both the House and Senate to pass this legislation quickly to protect the valor earned in the line of duty," continued Fitzpatrick.  

Russ Davidson, Commander of the Yardley-Lower Makefield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6393 reacted by stating that "the meaning of valor cannot be diluted, or adjudicated for the idle purpose of allowing a confused individual the right to issue untrue, disrespectful and hurtful expression. Valor deserves a recognizable and defendable definition, a definition that is certain. For without valor, and without sacrifice, there are no freedoms."

The Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which passed through the 109th Congress with unanimous support, made it a crime to lie about military service and awards, but was recently overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The bipartisan Stolen Valor Act of 2011 makes a key change to the original Stolen Valor Act by punishing individuals who misrepresent their military service with the intention to obtain something of value. The Stolen Valor Act of 2011 resolves the constitutional issue by focusing on those who seek to benefit from their misrepresentations.