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Robert K. Sweeney
Assembly District 11
Chair, Environmental Conservation Committee
New Bill Will Help Veterans
New York State driver’s licenses to indicate veteran status
July 9, 2012

Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Senator Greg Ball (R-Patterson) announced the unanimous passage of legislation that would direct the commissioner of motor vehicles to provide a space on identification cards and licenses for a notation that the individual is a veteran.

This bill will require that New York State Drivers Licenses or Identification Cards indicate the card holder is a veteran of the armed forces. To gain this distinct honor, veterans must present proof of veteran’s status, such as a certificate of release or discharge from active duty, including, but not limited to, a DD Form 214 or other proof satisfactory to the commissioner.

Many businesses offer discounts to veterans, and oftentimes veterans do not have an easily available source of identification to prove their status. This bill would provide an ID card that is easy to carry, and is uniformly recognized.

The idea for the bill was suggested by a constituent of Sweeney’s, Bill Lindner of Copiague, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy (retired).

"The biggest problem we face in providing services and benefits to veterans is actually being able to identify them, especially returning veterans. This bill will give veterans the option of indicating that they have served the United States on their driver’s licenses. Once identified we can pro-actively communicate with veterans to connect them to the hundreds of services and benefits available. I am proud to be the sponsor of this bill in the Senate," said Senator Greg Ball the Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

“This bill will make it easy for veterans to identify themselves to businesses who choose to offer discounts,” said Sweeney. “This legislation seeks to provide assistance to veterans and recognize their service.”

The bill now goes to Governor Cuomo for his approval.

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