Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Momentum Builds for Buchanan’s Vets ID Card Act

Apr 21, 2015
Press Release
Vietnam Veterans of America & Association of the U.S. Navy endorse bill

WASHINGTON – Momentum continues to build for Congressman Vern Buchanan’s Vets ID Card Act (H.R. 91) as both the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Association of the U.S. Navy today endorsed the bipartisan proposal.  Buchanan’s legislation allowing ALL veterans to obtain an ID card through the VA has already received support from AMVETS, Veterans for Common Sense and 31 bipartisan members of Congress.

“In an age of increased scrutiny in regards to the military service of individuals, every veteran who has served our nation honorably should be able to obtain a VA card if they wish to have one,” said Edgar Rodriguez, Director of Government Relations for the Association of the U.S. Navy. “These cards empower veterans by allowing them to conveniently carry evidence of their military service, making their lives easier in a variety of ways. We at AUSN support this common sense measure and hope that it is swiftly passed into law in the 114th Congress.”

Buchanan, who represents more than 70,000 veterans in his Southwest Florida congressional district, noted that currently many 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.

“I am very excited that momentum is building for this important legislation to help our nation’s veterans” Buchanan said. “The VSOs and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle recognize that this is a straight-forward, cost-neutral bill that will make it easier for veterans to provide proof of their service.”

The Veteran's ID Card Act is budget neutral as the small fee for the ID card would be paid for by the veteran. The bill also requires the Secretary of the VA to review and assess costs every five years and change the fee structure appropriately to cover all ID costs under the bill.

As of Tuesday, the Veterans ID Card Act had 31 co-sponsors including Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Jim Cooper, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Joe Courtney, Rep. Ander Crenshaw, Rep. John J. Duncan Jr, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, Rep. Randy Forbes, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Rep. James McGovern, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Steve Palazzo, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Reid Ribble, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Bobby Rush, Rep. Krysten Sinema, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Rep. Chris Stewart and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland.

BACKGROUND:

Veterans for Common Sense endorsement

http://veteransforcommonsense.org/2015/04/09/vcs-supports-bill-that-would-make-proving-youre-a-veteran-easier/

AMVETS endorsement

http://blog.amvets.org/post/116022992902/florida-congressman-vern-buchanan-wants-to

The Tampa Tribune

http://tbo.com/news/blogs/command-post-tampa/us-rep-buchanan-pushes-legislation-for-veterans-id-card-20150409/

The Daily Caller

http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/10/rep-buchanan-introduces-bill-to-give-all-veterans-id-through-the-va/

The Bradenton Times

http://www.thebradentontimes.com/news/2015/04/16/national_government/rep._buchanan_introduces_veteran_s_id_card_act/#.VTUdKCFVhBd

Sunshine State News

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/vern-buchanan-wants-replace-dd-214-veterans-id-card

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