House adopts Wheatley veteran status admendment
State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, welcomed the House’s adoption of his amendment that would deter and penalize those who falsely claim veteran status to give their businesses an advantage in state contracting.
“Veterans dedicate years of their lives to the service of our country, often putting their lives at risk to protect the freedom we all enjoy. One thing we can do is to make sure that only those who have earned veteran-owned or service-disabled business status actually receive it,” said Rep. Wheatley, who is a recognized U.S. Marine combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
Mr. Wheatley’s amendment would direct the state Department of General Services to establish policy and promulgate regulations establishing anti-fraud provisions for veteran-owned and service-disabled business status.