A state senator will push for a special veteran’s identification card, helping veterans get services and benefits they may need.
Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton says a “veterans” driver’s license or ID can help a veteran hospitalized receive services not available to the general public.
“Assisting in providing those types of services through this simple little designation on a driver’s license could mean a lot in many ways to the veterans,” Dubas tells reporters during a Capitol news conference.
LB 93 has been moved by the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee to the full legislature for debate.
It would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s license or an official state identification card designating a veteran’s status. Military honor license plates would be made available through the DMV. It would create a data base of veterans in Nebraska through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The state currently has no such data base.
Dubas says a special identification, either on the driver’s license or through a state-issued ID, could help in a number of ways, including difficult situations. She suggests that if law enforcement or even corrections officials became aware that a person in their custody was a veteran, they could help the veteran obtain services that could help rather than face incarceration.
Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, a Vietnam veteran, notes that veterans haven’t always received respect.
“And I think we’ve seen since 9/11 a vast change in the way the American people and Nebraska people perceive veterans,” according to Bloomfield. “I think Sen. Dubas is going find great support for this on the floor.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]