Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young shared the following statement after House passage of H.R. 4676, the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, which works to protect our nations’ veterans – often seniors and their families – from being victimized by individuals and companies operation financial scams and fraudulent services:
“Alaska is home to more than 77,000 veterans – the highest ratio of veterans per capita in the country – and I’m honored to represent each and every one of these remarkable men and women in Congress,” said Congressman Don Young. “My office takes the work we do on behalf of our nation’s veterans very seriously, whether it’s resolving problems with the VA, assisting with individual benefit claims, or eliminating red tape in the federal government. While we’ve taken many successful steps to protect and serve our nation’s veterans, there is always more work to be done.
“Yesterday, the House passed bipartisan legislation – H.R. 4676, the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act – to hold people and companies that prey upon our nation’s veterans responsible for their crimes; often a series of financial scams and fraudulent services that target senior veterans and their families,” Young stated. “While already illegal to engage in such activity, these crimes are free of criminal or financial penalty. H.R. 4676 changes that by properly penalizing those who knowingly engage in these deplorable actions.”
H.R. 4676 amends the federal criminal code to declare that any person who knowingly engages in any scheme or artifice to defraud a veteran of veterans’ benefits, or in connection with obtaining veteran’s benefits for that veteran, shall be fined, imprisoned not more than five years, or both.