Harrisburg, PA – Although legislators were busy last week getting the state budget in order, they also made time to pass a bill that protects benefits for Pennsylvania veterans. It’s being called the “Stolen Valor” bill.
It prohibits the fraudulent representation of military service or military decorations to obtain money, property, or other benefits.
This new law makes it a crime to impersonate a soldier, a veteran of the armed services, or a recipient of a service medal or decoration in order to gain access to benefits, resources, or job opportunities that we set aside specifically for those who have heroically served our country.
Representative Matt Gabler co-sponsored the bill and voted for it. He says that it’s a way of making sure that our veterans are being properly honored and making sure that their image isn’t being tarnished.
Pennsylvania has the fourth-largest veteran population in the country. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law last week, saying that it’s our duty to be certain that benefits for veterans are available to those who have earned them.