As of Aug. 9, those seeking to benefit from impersonating a veteran or active duty military personnel in Delaware are likely to pay a steep fine instead. Submitted on April 1, 2015, House Bill 80 was unanimously approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell earlier this month, according to the Cape Gazette.
The law takes effect immediately and expands upon previous legislation regarding criminal impersonation. Colloquially called stolen valor, the new law defines it as follows: anyone impersonating or claiming to be a service member or veteran as a means to obtain money, property, or any other tangible benefit.
The law also applies to military veterans who attempt to benefit from embellishing the rank they received while in the service.
The crime is now a Class A misdemeanor and results in a $1,000 fine that cannot be reduced or suspended.
“I think veterans deserve all the respect we can possibly give them. This law will serve to help protect the legacy they worked so hard to create," said Rich Collins of Delaware’s House of Representatives and one of the law’s sponsors, in an interview with the Cape Gazette.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A Coalition convoy stops to test fire their M2 machine guns and MK19 Grenade Launcher in the Middle Euphrates River Valley in the Deir ez-Zor province, Syria, Nov. 22, 2018 (U.S. Army/Sgt. Matthew Crane)
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Monday, injuring several soldiers of Kurdish-led forces during a joint convoy with U.S. allies, locals said.
Video game company Blizzard Entertainment, which creates blockbuster franchises like World of Warcraft and Overwatch, has stood behind veteran employment for years. On top of hiring veterans, they support many related programs, including Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty Endowment. Blizzard's goal there is to help veterans find careers by supporting organizations that prepare veterans for the job market.
A combat patrol advanced three miles north of Lucca (furthermost point occupied by American troops) to contact an enemy machine gun nest in September 1944 as part of the Italian Campaign (DoD/National Archives and Records Administration)
World War II Army veteran Milton Miller says he has never forgotten an act of cowardice by his platoon leader.
It happened in the Alban Hills south of Rome following the Allied Forces' amphibious invasion on the Italian beaches of Anzio in January 1944.