Congressman Rohrabacher Votes To Protect Dignity Of Military Funerals

May 9, 2006
Press Release

Washington, May 9, 2006 -

Today Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) voted in favor of H.R. 5037 which will to prevent protestors from harassing mourners at the funerals of military men and women who die while serving their nation.

“That congress even had to pass this legislation is disturbing,” stated Rep. Rohrabacher a co-sponsor of the bill. “The people who disturb the sanctity, honor and privacy of a military burial are beyond repulsive. This bill ensures our military heroes will receive the respect they deserve as they are laid to rest. I urge the Senate to quickly pass this legislation so it may become law.”

The Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act bans protestors from demonstrating at military funerals in national cemeteries for 60 minutes before a funeral and continuing until 60 minutes afterward. It also requires protestors to remain at least 500 feet from the funeral site and mourners, and includes a sense of Congress that all 50 states should adopt such legislation affecting the locations of military funerals.

HR 5037 has about 200 co-sponsors and is supported by American Veterans (AMVETS), Disabled American Veterans Fleet Reserve Association, Gold Star Wives of America, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Order of the Purple Heart-Department of Michigan, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, We Care America.

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