Gov. Dave Heineman has presented four military veterans with special driver’s licenses at a ceremony held at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.
“July 1st of this year marked another milestone for honoring veterans here in Nebraska,” Heineman told the veterans. “This was the very first day Nebraska veterans were able to apply to have a veteran’s designation added to their driver’s license or state ID card.”
Heineman presented the driver’s licenses to World War II veteran Joseph Vocelka, Korea War veteran Richard Aube, Vietnam War veteran Grace Ford and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Kimberly Mahlberg.
“And let me just share with you on a personal basis, I have talked with a number of Nebraskans, they are really excited when they see for whatever reason that on your driver’s license that you’re a veteran, they want to say thank you to you. They want to show their appreciation and this is a way for them to know,” Heineman told the veterans during the ceremony.
Heineman said the special driver’s license was only one of a series of bills approved this past legislative session to aid military veterans. Among them, giving veterans preference in employment, provide in-state tuition for veterans, provide income tax exemption for portions of military retirements, and providing homestead exemptions for disabled veterans.
Veterans interested in the special driver’s license can apply with the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs on-line, in person, via email, or FAX. The website is www.veterans.nebraska.gov, phone number 402-0471-2458, and FAX number 402-471-2491.
AUDIO: Gov. Dave Heineman holds news conference at Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home. [3 min.]