Saccone’s Stolen Valor Legislation Signed into Law
HARRISBURG – Legislation by Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) that will prohibit anyone to economically benefit from lying about military service or receiving decorations without merit was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday.

“I’m pleased this bill was passed unanimously in the House and Senate and was signed into law by Gov. Wolf,” said Saccone. “I believe this piece of legislation will strengthen the honor and valor of America’s veterans and their families.”

House Bill 168 bans anyone from economically benefiting when lying about their service or decorations. Those convicted of violating this law could be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor.

“Anyone who falsely claims veteran status with the intention to economically benefit should face criminal charges,” said Saccone. “Our service members deserve the utmost honor and respect, and criminals who deceitfully masquerade as veterans degrade our true American heroes and their families.”

In 2013 the Federal Stolen Valor Act was passed by Congress. This legislation only addressed those who might lie about having military decorations and not those who benefit economically.

“I want to acknowledge and thank those who supported this bill and especially those who voted for it. I’m glad to see this bill receive support from across the aisle,” said Saccone.

Representative Rick Saccone
39th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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