This week I voted in favor of The Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, legislation that passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives. The bill creates new federal penalties against those who defraud veterans and closes loopholes that make it difficult to prosecute these kind of crimes. The law establishes that this type of fraud, which is often directed at elderly veterans, can be punished with prison time.
The Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act legislation is an appropriate response to con artists who are attempting to rip off America’s veterans, the very individuals we should be doing everything we can to help. The legislation follows reports of scammers using sophisticated in-person tactics aimed at veterans in nursing homes that promise help with claims and fictitious benefits in exchange for exorbitant fees.
Since first taking office I have made veterans issues a priority. I held numerous veterans and identity theft workshops in the Sixth District, while also bringing federal, state, and local resources directly to Marylanders. Since 2013 I sought each year to increase federal funding for Fisher House, a non-profit that provides free lodging near military and VA hospitals for military families. I also supported VA reform, supported benefits increases and authored legislation to improve education and job-training programs offered by the VA. Later this spring I will be releasing legislation that expedites medical leave benefits for working veterans.
Honoring and supporting our veterans should be a national obligation after all they have given to our country.