Blunt Signs Veterans Legislation

9 years 9 months 4 weeks ago July 01, 2007 Jul 1, 2007 Sunday, July 01 2007 Sunday, July 01, 2007 10:18:45 AM CDT in News
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COLUMBIA (AP) - People who impersonate a veteran would face criminal charges under legislation Governor Blunt signed today in Columbia. The legislation creates the state crime of impersonating a veteran, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a one-thousand dollar fine for first-time offenders. Repeat offenders could face felony charges punishable by up to four years in prison. The measure is known as the "Stolen Valor Act." It covers actions such as wearing, buying or selling a medal or other military honor to pretend to be a veteran; improperly claiming to have earned a medal or similar award; and fraudulently describing oneself as a veteran. Blunt held a bill signing ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars state convention in Columbia.

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