Model US House of Representatives to Vote on Stolen Valor Bill
Released on = April 9, 2006, 2:52 pm
Press Release Author = HomeOfHeroes.com
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Student Legislators to vote on Bill currently before U.S. House and Senate in Model U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC Next Week.
Press Release Body = The Stolen Valor Act of 2005 (H.R. 3352 and S. 1998) was introduced based upon information in a Policy Analysis Paper written by Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Pam Sterner of Pueblo, Colorado. Pam\'s husband is widely considered America\'s foremost authority on military awards and operates the large website at www.HomeOfHeroes.com. Through her husband\'s work, Pam became friends with Special Agent Thomas \"Tom\" Cottone, the F.B.I.\'s lead agent in cases involving medals fraud, and the frustration of these two men in dealing with what are frequently called wannabe heroes prompted her to address the wide-spread problem in a paper she wrote for one of her Political Science classes. Early last year Colorado Congressman John T. Salazar, upon reviewing Pam\'s paper, requested a meeting with Pam, her husband, and Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon. Following that meeting Salazar introduced H.R. 3352 in a press conference where he was joined by B.G. Burkett, author of the acclaimed book Stolen Valor. Ironically, introduction of the bill coincided with the release of the movie \"Wedding Crashers,\" in which the lead characters used Purple Heart Medals to pick up dates. As a result, the bill received wide reporting in the media, though most of the press reports focused on the bill as a reaction to the popular movie, missing the intent of the legislation, or the true nature of the problem of medals fraud. In the nine months since introduction of the House Bill, hundreds of cases of medals fraud have continued to be reported in the media and in most cases the individuals involved have escaped punishment or prosecution due to the loopholes in Title 18 that Mrs. Sterner addresses in her paper. Last fall Mrs. Sterner was selected to represent Colorado\'s 3d Congressional District at the Model U.S. House of Representatives. The United States Model House of Representatives will bring one Student Representative from each of the 440 Congressional Districts to Washington, DC for a five-day simulation of the House of Representatives. These Student Representatives have written the bills from which a few will be selected to be introduced during the simulation in Washington, D.C. during the Spring Recess April 17 - 21. Though Mrs. Sterner has been assigned to the House Finance Committee and should have written a bill related to the work of that committee, organizers for the event requested that she introduce to the Model House, the same bill currently pending before the Judiciary Committees of both the House and Senate. That bill is scheduled to be debated on the House Floor and then come for a vote by the 440 Student Delegates on the afternoon of Friday, April 21. Mrs. Sterner will arrive in the Capitol for this week of events on Thursday, April 13, and will be available to meet with legislators or staff as her schedule with the Model House allows. She is also available for media interviews during the period. For more information on Stolen Valor, to read Mrs. Sterner\'s analysis of the problem, or to view streaming media of some of her previous television interviews on this bill, visit www.HomeOfHeroes.com/herobill. Mrs. Sterner may be contacted at (719) 564-1755 or by email at email@example.com.
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