Bill Makes Crime of Falsely Claiming Military Service

Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, won committee approval Tuesday of a bill that would make it a crime to falsely claim to have served in the United States armed forces.
Dunn said he and Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, R-Knoxville, were inspired to sponsor HB2491 by a constituent who had seen a tombstone naming the deceased as having served in World War II. He declined to name the person involved.
A current law would already apply in some situations, Dunn says, but the bill would broaden the current law to cover “all ways to steal the honor of serving in the military.. that someone else deserves.”
The bill would punish a false claim of military service as a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail, a $500 fine or both.
The prohibition would not apply to someone wearing a military uniform for theatrical, instructional or educational purposes.

One thought on “Bill Makes Crime of Falsely Claiming Military Service

  1. Kent Flanagan

    Let me get this straight. A constituent saw a tombstone claiming military service for the deceased, which was the impetus for this legislation? If passed, this law would have the deceased charged with falsely claiming military service? Hmmmm….

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