Driver's license honoring vets could diffuse tense situations

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  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    A DD214 IS a valid form of identification for military service...

    however, majority of Americans do not even know this form exist's, let alone ask for it to verify military service.

    The idea has merit. Majority of Americans don't know what a DD 214 form IS, however, they have a driver's license.

    I wonder how my discharge under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' will affect my ability to register as a veteran?

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    July 8, 2011 4:21 a.m.

    This form, the DD-214 has long been overlooked as means of identification and recognition for many veteran benefits and treatment by local government and business men. We should have federal and state laws that that gives this document more credibility as identification. These documents are registered with county government as a legal document when a soldier gets discharged so it should be getting more recognition for identification.

    I have reservations about putting it on a drivers license because it will just lead to another class of americans, I think we are divided enough without adding another class, although it is an honorable one. I think we will find that those foreign national who did server the country for selfish reasons of amnesty from prosecution by ICE though will be the most inclined to get this declaration. Not for pride, but more government freebies.

    The majority of the US population has never served their country yet they are leading it through international illegal occupation and chaos. I think for our representatives to serve its people they should first serve their country as a soldier. Otherwise they have no respect for their country and the soldiers defending it.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 7, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    I find it repugnant that the news media keeps pushing the stereotypical view that veterans are somehow all mentally deranged losers suffering from PTSD and liable to snap at any minute. That is part of the liberal anti-military bias, and conflicts with the reality.

    That is not to say that some vets do have mental health issues, and they certainly deserve every bit of assistance and sympathy that a grateful nation can provide them.

    However, I would hope that the most obvious benefit from a "Veteran" driver license would be the possibility of some "professional courtesy" on the part of police and a tendency to issue a warning instead of a ticket in some circumstances. Many cops are veterans themselves, and like military veterans, they have the "sheepdog" mentality and have sacrificed greatly to protect and serve the community, just as the vets have served and protected our nation.

    Thank you to all the veterans and police who serve and protect us.