LANSING – State Representative George Darany’s (D-Dearborn) bill that would allow Michigan veterans to have a “veteran” designation put on their state issued ID card was passed by the Michigan House of Representatives today by vote of 110 to 0. House Bill 4287 will now be referred to the Michigan Senate for consideration. This bill complements House Bill 4037, which would allow designation of veteran status on state issued driver’s licenses. This bill was also passed by the House.
“Our heroic veterans have sacrificed so much in service to our country,” said Darany. “They should not have to face unnecessary obstacles when they return home because they have already given so much. This legislation is one way we can show our respect and appreciation.”
There are many businesses throughout Michigan that provide special discounts or reduced rates for our veterans, and they often require proof of veteran status in order for individuals to be eligible. House Bill 4287 will allow the veteran designation on Michigan ID cards and will make it easier for Michigan veterans to access these opportunities. Currently, there are 18 other states that provide the veterans designation or have passed legislation to do so: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Utah – New Jersey provides veteran ID cards to those who cannot obtain a federal Veterans Administration ID card.
“It is no secret that there are many veterans in Michigan that are not taking advantage of the benefits that are available to them and that they deserve,” said Darany. “This legislation will help ensure that our veterans access the benefits they may not have known about otherwise.”