Fitzpatrick Protects Distinguished Military Members, Veterans

May 20, 2013 Issues: Veterans

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) voted Monday to ensure decorated members of the military and veterans  receive the special distinction they earned  by increasing punishment for those who falsely claim military service or awards.  

“The Stolen Valor Act [HR 258] is simple legislation which protects the recognition earned by our brave servicemen and women,” said Fitzpatrick, an original co-sponsor of the bill.

“The measure 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,” continued Fitzpatrick. “Our military veterans deserve unique distinction for their selfless service to our nation. As a grateful nation it is the least we can do to protect our recognition of their valor.”

The bipartisan bill will increase fines and subject those making false claims about the receipt of awards, such as the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, or other military merits – to possible jail terms.   

 “I am excited that this important legislation has been reintroduced and continues to protect the valor of our service veterans,” said David Christian, a Bucks County Vietnam War veteran. “Being a veteran who understands the sacrifice of our troops and the importance of recognizing their commitment, I commend Congressman Fitzpatrick for being a staunch advocate for our decorated soldiers and this bill.”

The language in H.R. 258 is identical the H.R. 1775, the Stolen Valor Act of 2012, which passed the House of Representatives during the 112th Congress, on September 13, 2012 by a vote of 410-3. The Senate did not act in time; therefore, the legislation was reintroduced in a new Congress.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.