SANTA FE—This evening, the Senate unanimously approved Rep. Bob Wooley’s (R-Roswell) effort to make it a crime to misrepresent one’s military service record in an attempt to gain benefits or preferential consideration. The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), Sen. Richard Martinez (D-Española), Rep. David Adkins (R-Albuquerque), and Rep. Randal Crowder (R-Clovis).
Rep. Wooley issued the following statement after the Senate vote:
“The men and women of our armed forces earned these benefits through their brave actions to protect and defend our freedoms. When individuals falsely represent their service records, it is an insult to every person who has put on a military uniform. With Governor Martinez’s signature, we now have a chance to become the 27th state to enact a stolen valor law and protect the benefits due to them.”