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Michigan House Approves Veteran Designation on Driver’s Licenses

courtesy Oregon DMV

On Thursday, the Michigan House of Representatives approved two bills that will create a special designation for veterans on driver’s licenses and state ID cards.

House Bills 4037 and 4287 will eliminate some of the hassle that veteran’s go though when trying to prove their military service.

State Rep. Joe Graves (R-ArgentineTownship) who sponsored the bills said “this legislation cuts red tape by not requiring veterans to carry around their military service papers, which I know as a veteran myself can be a burden at times.” Graves added “in the House, we’ve made a goal of improving the quality of life for Michigan veterans. These bills will make it easy for veterans to identify themselves as such, which will give them easier access to jobs and opportunities.”

The Secretary of State’s office will also provide the application information to the Michigan Department of Military Affairs, in an added attempt to ensure that the more than 650,000 veterans in Michigan are receiving their benefits.

The bills now head to the Senate for their consideration. Currently, there are 38 states that provide this already or have pending legislation.

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