Veterans ID/Driver’s License Bill Gets Strong Support of York County House Republicans
HARRISBURG – A measure to provide former service members with an identification card clearly noting their veteran’s status passed the House of Representatives today with the overwhelming support of the York County Republican delegation. House Bill 2428 will create an identification that will allow Pennsylvania’s veterans to more easily access the myriad of benefits available to them for their loyal service to the nation.
Delegation members, state Reps. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Scott Perry (R-Dillsburg), Ron Miller (R-Jacobus), Will Tallman (R-Hanover) and House Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) issued the following statement in reaction to passage of the legislation:
“Pennsylvanians have a long history of serving their country. From World War II to the present, nearly 10,000 Pennsylvanians have given their lives in combat defending our nation and man’s God-given right of liberty.
“However, many of those who serve do not make a career out of the military – they choose to serve and then return to work in the private sector. Since the military only provides veterans identification cards to those who have retired – which requires 20 to 30 years of service – the only way these men and women can prove their veterans status to access their benefits, or a discount at stores that offer one for vets, is to carry their discharge papers around with them.
“House Bill 2428 directs state Department of Transportation to make available to persons producing valid honorable military discharge papers a special designation on their actual driver’s license or PennDOT identification card. The cost of the regular license renewal or identification card will remain the same with no additional cost to the veteran for the special designation mark.
“Some years back, similar legislation passed the House of Representatives but never made it to the governor’s desk. We are hopeful this time, for the sake of our veterans, it does.”
York County House Republican Delegation
Media Contact: Charles Lardner