Unfortunate trend in America with people posing as active duty or veteran military personnel who are not. People have posted videos on the internet encountering these people to shame them. Indiana is taking another step to address this disgraceful act of stolen valor.
Governor Mike Pence will sign into law House Bill 1187:
Stolen valor. Makes it committing stolen valor, a Class A misdemeanor, for a person to knowingly or intentionally, with the intent to obtain money, property, or another benefit: (1) fraudulently represent himself or herself to be an active member or veteran of the armed forces of the United States; (2) use falsified military identification; or (3) fraudulently claim to be the recipient of certain military honors.
An individual who falsely claims to be a military veteran to obtain a discount or benefit can be fined $5,000 or jailed for one year. The law will take affect July 1, 2016.