Bush signs Campbell’s veterans bill into law | SummitDaily.com

Bush signs Campbell’s veterans bill into law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President George W. Bush has signed U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s (D-Colo.) Veterans Monuments Preservation Act into law, enacting the first comprehensive law to protect veterans memorials.

“Because this legislation calls for unprecedented penalties, I feared it wouldn’t even make it out of the Senate,” the Republican senator said. “Congress’ support and President Bush’s approval of this legislation is a tremendous victory for veterans.”

“This legislation doesn’t cost the taxpayers a thing, though it could save America’s veterans monuments from the injustices of vandalism,” Campbell added.

Campbell’s new law subjects perpetrators to a civil penalty, in addition to the fine, that is equal to the cost of repairing the damage.

It also heightens the visibility of veterans monuments by permitting states to place supplemental guide signs for veterans cemeteries on federally aided highways.

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