Heck Introduces Stolen Valor Act of 2011

May 5, 2011 Issues: Veterans, Defense and National Security,

Today, Congressman Heck made the following statement:

“Service men and women, our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much – trying to lie about that in order to benefit from the lie is abhorrent.

“As a colonel in the US Army Reserve, I feel strongly about protecting the honor of our service men and women, and this bill will help do that.

“A previous version of this bill was passed by Congress, and although it was very popular, it was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court as violating free speech. My bill takes a different approach – making it illegal for individuals to benefit from lying about their military service or record.”

“I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of Joe’s Stolen Valor bill,” said Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon. “Our brave men and women deserve to know their service and sacrifice is protected by law.”

Congressman Joe Wilson, the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Chairman, added, “Congressman Heck’s bill will help protect the integrity and honor of the military service that our brave men and women of the armed forces provide.  The Stolen Valor Act of 2011 will help solve the shameful acts of individuals lying about their military service and wearing false decorations.”

“I’m confident this approach will pass constitutional review and protect the individuals who have sacrificed to protect our freedom,” concluded Heck.

BACKGROUND:

A full copy of the Stolen Valor Act of 2011 is available for download below.