Congress considering bills that affect veterans’ benefits, employment

By Leo Shane III Stars and Stripes Published: January 25, 2013 WASHINGTON – Despite Congress’ early session focus on budget battles, lawmakers have introduced an ambitious slate of veterans-themed bills that could have far-reaching effects on post-military benefits and employment. The most likely legislation to become law is the new Stolen Valor Act, introduced by Iraq war veteran Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nevada. The proposal would mandate a fine and up to a year in prison for anyone who claims military awards “with intent to obtain money, property or other tangible benefit.” To read full article