This Vietnam Vet thanks the Michigan House. Now if only they would address the issue of placing "Military Veteran" on our drivers license I would rest easy. Many places offer Veteran's discounts but will not accept a DD214, insisting instead in seeing a non-existant "Veterans ID" card. According to the local VA, no such card or ID exists for vets, only Active Duty and Reserves. There was such a bill presented in 2009, HR 4127 (I believe) but it got side tracked and died
THIS BILL SHOULD PASS, AND THAT WILL BE AN XTRA $5.00 TO PLATE FEE ON THE BIKE, BUT I ALREADY PAY THE XTRA FEE ON MY VECH'S NOW FOR MY VIETNAM PLATES. I JUST ASK ABOUT THAT WHEN I WENT AND RENEWED MY BIKE PLATE THIS YEAR BUT NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT IT AT THE SEC. ST. OFFICE. IT'S WORTH THE XTRA ANYWAY, MAYBE HELP WITH THE STATE DEFIT THAT GRANOLDHOLM LEFT US. THAT WAS A PLAY ON WORDS.
This bill is long past due. Michigan is currently very deficiant in it's respect shown to Veterans via it's motor vehicle license plates. While many speciality plates have destinctive insignias or pictures, Michigan's current Veterans Plates only offer wordage. With the mandating of the individual insignia of each branch of the Military, Michigan will have joined with ALL OTHER States which offer their Veterans this respect via motor vehicle license plates. This bill would also mandate Veterans Plates for motorcycles, something which current policy does not do. The State Senate has a very simular bill, SB214. The Senate bill does not mandate the inclusion of the insignia of the branch of Military. By not doing so the Senate Bill could leave Michigan still lacking in showing equal respect with ALL OTHER States. Hopefully this discrepancy will be ammended prior to the Senate voting on this long past bill.