Buchanan ID Card for Veterans Unanimously Approved by Senate
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan’s bill allowing all veterans in America to receive an identification card has been approved by the U.S. Senate and moves one step closer to the President’s desk.
“A simple, standardized ID card will make life easier for our veterans and serve as a reminder that our brave service men and women deserve all the respect a grateful nation can offer," Buchanan said after the measure was passed by the Senate. The legislation is expected to receive swift final approval from the House before being sent to the President for his signature.
Buchanan, who represents more than 70,000 veterans in his Southwest Florida congressional district, noted that millions of veterans are unable to document their service to our country without carrying around their official military service records. These records, referred to as DD-214 forms, contain sensitive personal information including social security numbers and service history that leave veterans at a higher, unnecessary risk for identity theft.
Currently, the VA only offers ID cards to those who have served at least 20 years in the Armed Forces or those who receive medical care for a service-connected disability. This leaves a large population of veterans who have served honorably with no easy way to prove their military service. Buchanan's legislation corrects this deficiency.
“Congressman Buchanan has been a tireless advocate for veterans here in Southwest Florida and across the nation,” said retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Lee. Kichen of Sarasota. “From securing funding for the new Sarasota veterans cemetery to establishing official VA cards for all veterans, Vern has never stopped fighting for fighting for active duty service members, veterans and their families.”
Buchanan’s Veterans ID Card Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives last month by a vote of 402-0 and has been endorsed by AMVETS, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans for Common Sense and the Association of the U.S. Navy.
Anthony Hardie, a Bradenton resident and Director of Veterans for Common Sense, praised Buchanan’s bill saying “Veterans who have honorably served their country deserve to have a simple, straightforward way to prove their veteran status. Veterans for Common Sense supports sensible legislation like Rep. Buchanan's Veterans ID Card Act.”
Buchanan served six years in the Michigan Air National Guard and four years on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.