TRENTON – An Assembly committee today advanced legislation giving veterans an alternative way to prove their veteran status when seeking the “veteran” designation on their driver’s licenses. Senator Steve Oroho and Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose and Parker Space said the bill, S-2508/A-3798, will make it easier for veterans to obtain the designation so they can receive discounts offered specifically for them by stores and restaurants.
For the thousands of veterans who have already gone through the process of receiving an ID card from their county, this legislation will simplify the process of adding their status as a veteran to their license,” said Oroho, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “This special designation is a well-deserved symbol of a veteran’s life of patriotism, heroism and sacrifice. As is the case in Sussex County, many stores and restaurants give discounts to veterans who can prove they have honorably served our country.
“Hopefully, with this measure, more veterans will seek out this worthy distinction and receive the recognition and appreciation they have earned,” continued Oroho.
“Many veterans face very difficult obstacles when they transition to civilian life. While this may seem like a small gesture, any help we can give to those who served with honor helps lighten their burden,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “This is another effort to show our gratitude for their service.”
Currently, veterans must show their official military discharge form at the MVC to have the designation placed on their licenses. This bill allows them to use a county veteran ID instead of the form to obtain the designation. The Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today approved the measure.
“Having to produce military discharge papers at an MVC office can be cumbersome,” said Space, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Allowing veterans to use a county ID card at the MVC is a convenience that will ultimately allow them to receive much deserved discounts.”