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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Rep. Pyle’s Veterans ID/Driver’s License Bill Sails Through House
10/1/2012

HARRISBURG - Legislation authored by Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong) to provide veterans with a veterans designation on their Pennsylvania driver’s license today unanimously passed the House of Representatives. Pyle’s bill 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.

 

“PennDOT has indicated it can begin implementing the special designations in 12 to 18 months. The thought is that most veterans will ask for the designation at the time of their normal drivers license renewals (every four years, or every two years for seniors),” Pyle said “The cost of the regular license renewal will remain the same but there is no additional cost to the veteran for the special designation mark.”

 

To qualify, an applicant would have to be a person who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve unit or the National Guard, and who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.

 

“House Bill 2428 was requested by numerous veterans and veterans groups in our 60th District and as their representative, I am honored to have been the sponsor and to have sheparded it to unanimous passage by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives,” Pyle said.

 

Rick Croyle, executive director of veterans affairs in Armstrong County, said he has been pushing for such a designation on PennDOT IDs for many years as the military generally only provides a veterans status identification card for those who have a “retired” designation, which requires 20 to 30 years of service.

 

Many people today serve their country for several years, and then go on to work in the private sector, leaving them only with their DD-214 or NGB-22 discharge papers to prove their status, Croyle said.

 

“This will help all 6,700 – at last count – veterans in Armstrong County, every one of them,” Croyle said.  “The main thing most veterans, ages 26 to 75, are looking for is to be able to go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and say ‘look, I am a veteran” and get a discount without having to take their 214 around with them all the time. But, it is worth a whole lot more than that to the VA community.”

 

The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

State Representative Jeff Pyle

60th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner

clardner@pahousegop.com

717.260.6443

JeffPyle.net

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