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Harrisburg, PA 17120-2060
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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Pyle’s Veterans ID Measure Heads to Governor
10/17/2012
HARRISBURG - Legislation authored by Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong) to provide veterans with a veterans designation on their Pennsylvania driver's license today was passed by the state Senate and heads to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk to be signed into law.

Pyle's bill directs the 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.

“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,” Pyle said. “Hundreds of thousands more made it home to build the Commonwealth we currently know.”

“Many of those who serve do not make a career out of the military. 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 DD-214 or NGB-22 discharge papers around with them. That just seemed very impractical.”

“PennDOT has indicated it can begin implementing the special designations in 12 to 18 months from the bill being signed by the governor. The thought is that most veterans will ask for the designation at the time of their normal driver’s license renewals. 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. All the honored veteran must do is show their DD-214 or NGB-22 discharge papers.”

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, is very important to the VA community and was requested by numerous veterans and veterans groups in our 60th District. As their representative, I am honored to have been the sponsor and to have shepherded it through the legislative process,” Pyle said. “I must publically commend and thank Senators Lisa Baker, John Rafferty and Don White for all of their help and also House Transportation Chairman Rick Geist for his help and guidance. I am blessed to work with gifted people all of whom pulled hard to get this bill to the Governor's desk."

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.

“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.”

State Representative Jeff Pyle
60th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Charles Lardner
clardner@pahousegop.com
717.260.6443
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