Bill to identify veterans on driver’s licenses signed into law

Published 3:50 pm Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pictured, from left, are Rep. Marcel Black, Gov. Bob Riley and Sen. Marc Keahey.

Thanks to a bill sponsored by Sen. Marc Keahey, D-Grove Hill, and Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia, Alabama veterans will now be able to be identified by their driver’s licenses.

Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a bill into law that will allow veterans to have a special endorsement placed on their driver’s licenses.

“This will allow our veterans to easily prove their status as veterans and obtain any benefits, discounts, rebates or other accommodations to which they are entitled,” Black said. “It is a way that the State can honor our veterans for what they do and have done for us all, and I am proud to have played a part in establishing this new law.”

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According to information released from the governor’s office, there are currently more than 400,000 veterans living in Alabama. The bill will allow veterans who have been honorably discharged from military service the option to have the word “Veteran” displayed on their driver’s licenses. The bill specifies that there will be no additional charges to any veterans who choose to have the endorsement printed on their driver’s licenses.

“In addition to the practical benefits for our veterans, we sponsored this bill because we wanted to honor Alabama’s veterans,” Keahey said. “Which is why I think it was very appropriate that this bill was signed into law on the sixty-eighth anniversary of D-Day.”