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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Beginning May 1 Michigan is letting its 680,000 military veterans get a special designation on their driver's licenses.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes today celebrated the official kick-off of Michigan’s new driver’s license for veterans.
The new license, which has the word “Veteran” in bold red on the front of the card, will be available to all honorably discharged Michigan veterans.
Johnson says a 2013 law creating the designation allows veterans to take advantage of discounts at stores and hotels more easily without having to carry their discharge papers.
Veteran Mike Major, 37, of Saginaw Township, who served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, said he will carry one of the new driver’s licenses for veterans once they become available. He also has a special Afghanistan veteran’s license plate on his car. Major served in the Michigan Army National Guard and is still active in the United States Navy Reserve.
“I’m proud of my service to my country,” he said, adding the new driver’s license says a lot about how veterans are seen in Michigan.
Johnson's office also has been partnering with the year-old Veterans Affairs Agency to get information about government benefits into the hands of veterans who may be unaware of resources available to them.
We'll have more on this story tonight on 6 News at 5 and 6.