STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously voted in support of a bill co-authored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) that would classify stolen valor as a Class A misdemeanor.
Stolen valor occurs when a person fraudulently claims to have received any of a series of particular military decorations and awards with the intention of obtaining money, property or other tangible benefit.
“A person who fraudulently represents themselves as an active military member or veteran should be held accountable,” Zent said. “Hopefully by statutorily establishing a punishment for the act of stolen valor, we can deter those who may lie about military service.”
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Indiana is home to nearly 550,000 veterans and there have been 75 Hoosiers who have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
HB 1187 will now be considered by the Senate. To learn more, visit https://iga.in.gov/.
Rep. Zent (R-Angola) represents most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.