New Jersey nears move to honor vets on licenses

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 8/26/2013

New Jersey truckers and others who have served their country may soon have access to a simple form of ID showing their military service.

The Senate voted unanimously to send a bill to Gov. Chris Christie that would entitle military veterans to a special designation on their driver’s licenses, or identification cards. Assembly lawmakers already approved A691 by unanimous consent.

The Motor Vehicle Commission would be required to create a veterans designation on the person’s license or ID upon request. The designation would be available for anyone who has been honorably discharged from active military service.

Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker, D-Essex, said the change would allow veterans to more easily take advantage of discounts offered by businesses or promotional programs.

“This is just one way to make life a bit easier for veterans,” Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker, D-Essex, said in a news release.

If signed into law, New Jersey would become the 12th state to implement the rule. The Garden State’s program is expected to take 18 months to get up and running. At that time, eligible applicants can request that the designation be included.

Assemblyman Herb Conaway Jr, D-Burlington, said the designation is a simple way the state can show appreciation for veterans.

“The enormity of their sacrifices can never be repaid by tokens like this, but we can at least make life a little easier for them whenever possible.”

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