Politics & Government

Rep. Vern Buchanan's legislation to aid veteran identification passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives will passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, Monday night to give all veterans official identification cards.

The legislation is now awaiting consideration by the Senate.

The legislation would make sure all veterans qualify for an official ID card from Veterans Affairs, for which they would pay the cost, according to a release from Buchanan's office. Currently, some veterans don't qualify for the cards and have to carry a paper DD-214, which contains personal information and makes them vulnerable to identity theft, Buchanan said.

“Over the years, I have heard from countless veterans in Florida and across the country who have expressed frustration over their inability to document their service to our country without carrying around their official military records,” said Buchanan, who served four years on the House VA Committee. “My bill would correct that problem, enabling all veterans to obtain their own simple, standardized ID card at no cost to the taxpayers.”

Several military service organizations have endorsed the legislation, and Buchanan said it would make it much easier for employers to identify veterans and for veterans to receive specific discounts. It would involve no costs to taxpayers.