Bipartisan legislation sponsored on the Democratic side by Assemblymen Troy Singleton and Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. to provide veterans with a readily available and easily accessible method of proving their veteran status has been signed into law.
“This is really just a simple gesture to help make life a little bit easier for veterans,” said Singleton (D-Burlington). “Many businesses offer discounts or promotional programs for those who have served our country and this would help them easily prove their status whenever they’re out and about.”
The new law (S-323/A-2561) will permit county clerks to create an identification card for veterans who live within the county and do not already hold a veteran ID card issued by the federal government.
“A number of states are already doing this to help veteran’s easily prove their status when necessary,” said Conaway (D-Burlington). “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.”
However, the cards would not serve as sufficient proof of service for official government business or to secure benefits such as the state-administered veteran property tax deduction, or GI Bill education benefits.