Kansas Senate OKs veteran designation for driver’s licenses, IDs; bill goes to governor

11/19/2013 12:08 PM

08/08/2014 10:16 AM

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the bill number.

In an effort to increase veterans’ access to benefits, the state Senate on Tuesday unanimously gave the Legislature’s final approval to a bill allowing veteran designations on driver’s licenses and identification cards.

SB 136 will go to the governor for his signature. In addition to putting a notation on licenses, it would permit the secretary of revenue to provide names and addresses from motor vehicle records to the Kansas Commission on Veteran Affairs, making it easier for the organization to notify veterans of resources available to them in their areas.

“I think we have a duty to our veterans,” said Rep. Mario Goico, R-Wichita, an Air Force veteran. “They put everything on the line for us, so they deserve this honor.”

The bill also would simplify the process for businesses offering discounts to veterans. Currently, veterans must present a certification of their retirement or discharge from the military, known as a DD Form 214, to receive these benefits.

“There are companies in the Wichita area that offer discounts to veterans, like free coffee with breakfast or discounts on pizza,” said Sen. Mike Petersen, R-Wichita.

Petersen said the bill would make these perks more readily available, because most veterans “don’t carry around their DD 214,” as they would a driver’s license.

To obtain the driver’s license designation, a veteran would need to present a DD 214 or equivalent form. The license would read “VETERAN” on the front of the card.

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