WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) applauded the passage of H.R. 1775, the Stolen Valor Act of 2011 this afternoon by the House of Representatives. As a cosponsor of the Stolen Valor Act, Fitzpatrick has worked to move this bill through the legislative process.
"I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in the House to ensure that those who falsely claim military service cannot profit from their deception," said Fitzpatrick. "The sacrifice made by those who have served our country must be honored."
"I urge the Senate act on this legislation and join the House in sending it to the President's desk for his signature."
The bipartisan Stolen Valor Act of 2011 makes a key change to the original Stolen Valor Act of 2005 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 of the 2005 law by focusing on those who seek to benefit from their misrepresentations.