March 8, 2012
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to permit county clerks to provide military veterans with identification cards was advanced today by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The cards are designed to assist veterans in receiving discounts and other well-deserved courtesies from area businesses and organizations.
“This worthwhile initiative is for those who have risked their lives to preserve our freedom,” said Oroho. “It is a simple and rightful recognition of the sacrifice made by countless veterans.”
The legislation, S-323/A-2561, was passed unanimously by the state Senate last month. It would allow county clerks or registers of deeds and mortgages to create identification cards for resident veterans who don’t have federally issued cards and were honorably discharged from service. The cards would not serve as proof for government business or benefits.
“It is appropriate to honor veterans’ service to our nation and state,” continued McHose. “The partnership of local government and businesses in offering discounted services to veterans is proving enormously popular.”
Sussex County is already providing these cards to certain veterans, an initiative first started by Sussex County Clerk Jeff Parrott, Sussex County Sheriff Mike Strada and Senator Oroho.
“The card presents the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our veterans by offering them a special discount on various goods and services” said Parrott.” “This bill will enable additional veterans to obtain the identification cards.”
The legislation, also sponsored by Senator James Whelan (D-2) and Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7), now moves to the full Assembly for consideration.top