Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

U.S. House Passes Rep. Buchanan’s Vets ID Card Act

May 18, 2015
Press Release
Bipartisan bill enables ALL veterans to receive ID cards at NO cost to taxpayers

Legislation now moves to Senate for consideration

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Congressman Vern Buchanan’s Veterans ID Card Act, bipartisan legislation allowing all veterans to receive official identification cards through the VA.  The measure (H.R. 91), which passed the House 402-0, now moves to the Senate for consideration.    

“Over the years, I have heard from countless veterans in Florida and across the country who have expressed frustration over their inability to document their service to our country without carrying around their official military records,” said Buchanan who served four years on the House VA Committee.  “Today we acted to fix this problem.”

Under current law, veterans who do not qualify for a VA-issued ID card must carry around a paper DD-214 document to prove their veteran status.  This form contains sensitive personal information including social security numbers and service details that put veterans at needless risk for identity theft.  H.R. 91 would minimize this threat.  A standard identification card would also provide employers looking to hire veterans with an easier way to verify an employee's military service as well as give veterans the ability to take advantage of service-related discounts.

Anthony Hardie, Director of Veterans for Common Sense and a Bradenton resident, hailed the bill’s passage saying “VCS was an immediate supporter of this smart and helpful bill.  We thank Rep. Buchanan and the many House cosponsors for leading the way to making this good idea a reality.”

The Veteran's ID Card Act is cost 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.  It has been endorsed by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller and several military service organizations including AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Association of the United States Navy and Veterans for Common Sense.   

As of Monday, the Veterans ID Card Act had 82 cosponsors including VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, Ranking Member Corrine Brown, Rep. Randy Forbes, Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. Joe Courtney,  Rep. Chris Stewart, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. William R. Keating, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, Rep. , Lynn A. Westmoreland, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Steven M. Palazzo, Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. Rep. Robert A. Brady, Rep. Walter B. Jones, Jr., Rep. Jim Cooper, Rep. Reid J. Ribble, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, Rep. James P. McGovern, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. John Conyers Jr., Rep. Ander Crenshaw, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Rep. Barbara Comstock,  Rep. Bill Shuster, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Robert E. Latta, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Patrick Murphy, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, Rep. Scott R. Tipton, Rep. Jose E. Serrano, Rep. David G. Reichert, Rep. Dennis A. Ross, Rep. David W. Jolly, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Edward R. Royce, Rep. Steve Chabot, Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Ted S. Yoho, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Rep. James A. Himes, Rep. Theodore E. Deutch, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Candice S. Miller, Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, Rep. Ryan A. Costello, Rep. Henry C. "Hank," Jr. Johnson, Rep. Tim Walberg, Rep. Ron DeSantis, Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo,Rep. Peter T. King, Rep. Joe Barton, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Frank C. Guinta, Rep. David P. Roe, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Rep. Blake Farenthold and Rep. Bill Posey.