Press Release

Sente Sponsors Legislation Cracking Down on Violence Against Veterans

11/10/2015

VERNON HILLS, Ill. – As Veterans Day approaches, state Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is highlighting legislative efforts to strengthen protections for members of the armed forces and veterans.

“Our service men and women repeatedly answer the call to action when our freedoms and way of life are endangered,” Sente said. “We as a country have an obligation to ensure that our brave warriors can live in peace upon returning home from battle and not have to live under the constant threat of violence after returning to civilian life.”

Sente-backed House Bill 4308 would designate violent acts against uniformed military personnel as potential hate crimes. Members of veterans’ organizations who are attacked while wearing regalia would also be protected under the legislation. If it becomes law, suspects could be subject to three additional years in prison, in addition to any other penalties related to their offense.

This proposed legislation comes in response to recent attacks against members of the armed services, such as the tragic events in Chattanooga, which left five service members dead, as well as others injured.

“As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, it is my priority to support legislation that recognizes the sacrifices made by our military personnel and ensures they receive the honor and respect they deserve,” Sente said. “We must pass this legislation to show that the people of Illinois refuse to allow acts of violence to be directed towards our military members and the veterans who have selflessly risked everything to protect our country.”



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