Veteran license designation extended to National Guard

Legislation initiated by Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, adding members of the National Guard and Reserve (who were never called to active duty) to qualify for the veteran’s designation on driver’s licenses and ID cards, was approved recently by the Illinois House of Representatives. The measure now moves to the Governor for consideration.
    Senate Bill 2173 adds all National Guard and Reserve members to those U.S. military veterans that may get an updated driver’s license/ID card with the word “VETERAN” displayed under the signature on the front of the card. The previous law, which took effect July 1, 2015, omitted National Guard and Reserve personnel who honorably served in the Guard or Reserves, but whose units were not called to active duty during their service.
    “I am pleased to add all National Guard and Reservists to those veterans who wish to obtain the VETERAN designation on their driver’s license or ID card,” said White, “The veteran designation on the license or ID card is designed to further ensure veterans receive the services and benefits they deserve. I had the honor of serving as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, and as a member of the Illinois National Guard and Army Reserve.”

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