Bellevue, NE--Nebraska veterans now have the option to carry around a driver's license that proves they served our country.
Wednesday morning, Gov. Dave Heineman presented the new license to some vets at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.
Heineman says more than 140,000 veterans in the state of Nebraska will benefit from this new designation. Already, the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs has about 4,000 names on its registry so far.
Information on the driver's license or state ID is printed as normal, but at the bottom, the word "veteran" is printed in red. The state began allowing the designation on July 1 of this year after Heineman signed it into law last year.
On Wednesday, July 16, Heineman presented the first four printed licenses to veterans from WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Action 3 News spoke with Kimbery Mahlberg, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.
"It's an honor because it proves that I've served my country, fought for my country and to me that's an honor in itself," she said.
The new cards could make it easier for veterans to show that they qualify for special offers at Nebraska businesses too. It could also help law enforcement identify those who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Veterans who want the veteran designation on their driver's license or state identification cards can apply to be placed on the Veterans Registry by contacting the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs online, in-person, via email, or fax. The website is www.veterans.nebraska.gov, phone number (402) 471-2458, and fax number (402) 471-2491.