Bill would stamp ‘Veteran’ on CA vet licenses

Bill would stamp ‘Veteran’ on CA vet licenses

Veterans, R.J. Matson, cagle, Feb. 21, 2014AB 1637 would stamp a “Veteran” designation on the drivers licenses of Californians who served. It’s by Assembly members Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica.

According to the Chronicle:

“The hope, Frazier said, is that the license designation under AB 1637 would make it easier for veterans to access federal, state and local benefits, including employment, education, housing, health and counseling benefits by eliminating the ‘impracticality of carrying around official discharge papers.’ The designation, which most states have already added to their state driver’s licenses, also helps veterans receive hotel and retail discounts when available.”

They mean the DD-214 discharge form. That form includes the veteran’s service number, which for more than 40 years now has been the same as the Social Security number. The rise of computers in recent decades has made identity theft easier. So giving out the SS/service number every time a veteran uses his benefits is not a good idea.

The CA driver’s license number is less sensitive. So using it to prove veteran status would mean greater data and identity security.

There are some piddling costs associated with new DMV forms to include the veteran designation. But the bill’s language actually includes charging veterans a fee — in an amount yet to be decided — to the veterans who want the designation on their licenses.

That makes sense. Non-veteran drivers shouldn’t have to pay for it. Veterans defended freedom and defeated socialism.

As a veteran myself — Russian linguist in the U.S. Army, 1978-82, most of it in West Germany defending the Fulda Gap from Red Army tanks — I wouldn’t mind paying the fee.

It seems a minor change in the law for those who protected our freedoms.


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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 21 February, 2014, 18:28

    Love our Vets, but this would give the nuts in LE reason to be trigger happy when encountering Vets. Remember the sarge from Pendleton that was murdered at San Clemente High? 🙂

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  2. bobby
    bobby 22 February, 2014, 01:46


    There are way too many fake veterans & stolen valor types for this to be a good idea.

    If you, as a veteran, need to apply for or take advantage of a veterans benefit, then you should have your DD214 ready and available.

    If identity theft is a concern for you, purchase life lock or some other similar service.

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  3. Queeg
    Queeg 22 February, 2014, 09:43

    Bobby….where you under mommy’s skirt while we served our country?

    We got crap after prior wars and insane conflicts. Veterans deserve your complete at a attention respect at all times…

    I bet most doomers are pseudo patriots who hid under their bed when calls came to serve their country!!!!!!!!

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 22 February, 2014, 10:05

    Donkey……be thankful I served honorably for years protecting you!

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 22 February, 2014, 10:06

    Queeg….how bout that….donkey picking on vets!

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    NTHEOC 22 February, 2014, 18:14

    Donkey says,
    Love our Vets, but this would give the nuts in LE reason to be trigger happy when encountering Vets.
    Donkey, you are aware that a big majority of LE officers are military Vets right. As usual, you make no sense!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 22 February, 2014, 19:22

      Ntheoc, post your facts, because I’m not buying your words. 🙂

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 26 February, 2014, 19:18

      LOL Like LE is out to hurt vets?

      LMAO my word your posts Duncey are getting even more lame!

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      • Donkey
        Donkey 2 March, 2014, 10:14

        Costume clad LE sociopaths have murdered many a vet in early morning assaults TCS, don’t lie to your friends my little parrot. 🙂

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