2013-05-09 / Lifestyles

‘Veteran’ designation approved for licenses

LANSING – A special “veteran” designation will now be featured on driver’s licenses of honorably discharged veterans.

“It’s my hope that every store clerk and bank teller who notices that designation will take a moment to personally thank that veteran for their service to this country,” said Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

Johnson said Senate Bill 219 and companion House Bill 4037 will give Michigan veterans easyto carry, clear-cut documentation of their service. The designation will also be used on state issued personal identification cards.

Michigan, home to some 680,000 veterans, is the 28th state to put a veteran’s designation on state-issued IDs and driver’s licenses.

“This is another great step to recognize Michigan veterans for their service and help to connect them with opportunities available to them,” said Jeff Barnes, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. “We thank Secretary of State Johnson for her leadership and commitment to Michigan’s vets.”

Johnson, who personally visited troops in the Middle East last year as part of her efforts to make voting easier for overseas military members, is also leading other initiatives aimed at helping Michigan’s 680,000 veterans.

Those efforts include a new law passed last year to ensure absentee ballots are sent to overseas troops by the required deadline.

Also planned is a new fundraising license plate that will raise money directly for Michigan veterans and their families.

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