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house Bill H.R. 91

Should Veteran ID Cards be Available to All Vets?

Argument in favor

This bill ensures that veterans can get ID cards, no matter how long they served. It’s only right: they served their country, they’re entitled to the perks that come with it.

Mike's Opinion
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05/19/2015
I gave 9 years of my adult life in the U.S. Navy, all I have as any proof is the DD-214 that kept locked away. I would be honored to carry an identity card!
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Frank's Opinion
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05/19/2015
So let me get this straight, right now only 20 year veterans or those that ate disable are allowed a veteran ID card, but those that got sent to combat and where lucky enough not to be injured or are still fighting the VA after they fought their war aren't worthy of one??
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PacificCstar's Opinion
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05/19/2015
It doesn't require 20 years of service to have sacrificed for your country. One day overseas is enough to change a man or woman. And it's one day they missed out with their families. They have the right to all the identification and privileges of the uniform they wear from the first day they put it on.
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Argument opposed

Only 20-year-veterans and disabled veterans can receive ID cards under current law. Extending that privilege to others who haven’t given up as much isn’t right.

Noah's Opinion
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05/19/2015
I feel there should be a "time" requirement to receive such an ID, possibly lower it to 5-10 years?
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VACatholicKnight's Opinion
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05/19/2015
I could go along with this. However, by inventing a new category of veterans without entitlements other than this "I served" card in order to gain perks in the economy risks opening a vast new field for counterfeiters and valor thieves. The rest of us who served over 20 years will have our hard-earned credibility at stake. I would make an exception to those who earned awards for valor. They deserve it more. Therefore, I won't support this legislation until these concerns are addressed.
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AngryInfidel's Opinion
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05/19/2015
Set the bar high and reward those that reach it.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedJuly 20th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed June 22nd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed July 7th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 411 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015

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    I gave 9 years of my adult life in the U.S. Navy, all I have as any proof is the DD-214 that kept locked away. I would be honored to carry an identity card!
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    I feel there should be a "time" requirement to receive such an ID, possibly lower it to 5-10 years?
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    So let me get this straight, right now only 20 year veterans or those that ate disable are allowed a veteran ID card, but those that got sent to combat and where lucky enough not to be injured or are still fighting the VA after they fought their war aren't worthy of one??
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    It doesn't require 20 years of service to have sacrificed for your country. One day overseas is enough to change a man or woman. And it's one day they missed out with their families. They have the right to all the identification and privileges of the uniform they wear from the first day they put it on.
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    As a former Army Medic I'd like to have this.
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    If you can get an ID card passport (proof of citizenship), or even veteran license plates; and the card will in no way affect the benefits earned- veteran ID cards for Veterans should not be a stretch. I do think extra demarcation for 10, 15, 20, etc. year Veterans would be respectful and an appreciated idea.
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    Yeah, they served - give them the benefits. I'd be for making levels of the benefits reflection time served however
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    Set the bar high and reward those that reach it.
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    I could go along with this. However, by inventing a new category of veterans without entitlements other than this "I served" card in order to gain perks in the economy risks opening a vast new field for counterfeiters and valor thieves. The rest of us who served over 20 years will have our hard-earned credibility at stake. I would make an exception to those who earned awards for valor. They deserve it more. Therefore, I won't support this legislation until these concerns are addressed.
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    If they served our country they should be able to receive the benefits of someone who is currently serving.
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    All vets deserve respect and you don't need a card to know a vets story, just ask him.
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    It's the least we can do for our veterans, in addition it will make it easier to verify who is a veteran in private and public life.
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    All heroes are heroes and should be treated as such.
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    If anyone who has ever been in the military is able to get the ID card, it seems to me that would devalue the cards for those who stayed in for 20 years.
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    In the United States, our veterans return to the country they love after many long years of dedicated, selfless service, and many of them find that civilian life after war is very challenging. This bill would allow disabled and struggling veterans to receive all of the non-government based incentives of being a veteran such as lower prices on products and countless other benefits granted with the presentation of a Vet I.D., which they rightfully deserve.
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    A veteran is a veteran, no matter how long he/she served! They served and should receive the benefits!
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    "This bill seeks to expand the rights afforded to veterans by allowing more of them to receive a Veterans’ I.D. card. Under this bill, any veteran that requests a card, was honorably discharged, and submits the proper paperwork and fees could get a card." Why would anyone not support this?
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    This is a no brainer
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    Second Voice for Children of Vietnam Veterans, Inc. Supports all bills to be reviewed before Congress that will assist help in helping the children, veterans and generations after in support of research, data and health care planning as a result of the effects of Agent Orange, environmental pollutants, and other ailments that continue to plaque these generations and the surviving veterans such as psychological disabilities and physical disabilities. These areas include access to care, quality of care, homelessness, PTSD, Suicide, benefits for Veterans and offspring, especially in the area the death of the veteran parent being associated with their service and the children's disabilities as a result of that service be expanded in eligibility resulting in quality of care and benefits.
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    As a retired military member we need to acknowledge those who served. I see in all reality how most folks have forgotten our veterans. They earned the respect of the entire nation for safe guarding our rights.
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