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Published July 27, 2011, 09:39 PM

A Bit More Recognition For Veterans: 'V' on ND Licenses

Veterans in North Dakota will be able to change the face of their drivers licenses soon. A change that will give them a little extra recognition.

Veterans in North Dakota will be able to change the face of their drivers licenses soon. A change that will give them a little extra recognition.

An optional "V" indicator will soon be placed on North Dakota drivers licenses to recognize the state's war veterans.

"It"s a good idea because the veterans sacrifice their time for the country. And why not do it, you know, why not give some back to us veterans?" North Dakota Veteran Raymond Gehl said.

Starting August 1st North Dakota veterans can put an optional "V" indicator on their drivers licenses, at no charge. A change the Department of Veterans Affairs pushed for.

"In town and all across the United States there's all kinds of benefits, discounts, things like that you get as a veteran. But unless you're carrying your discharge papers, who would know that?" Grand Forks County Veterans Service Officer Barb Zavala said.

"One card, you know, on your drivers license. I mean, we pay for it anyway, just show it and you'll save a lot more time," Gehl said.

To get that veterans indicator on your drivers license, all you need to do is stop by the Grand Forks County Office Building and fill out a form before heading to the DMV.

"They'll come in here and we'll be able to do a little outreach. We can see what benefits maybe that are available to them that they haven't utilized, or you know anything like that we can do to help them," Zavala said.

Zavala says she thinks it's also a symbol of pride.

"I'm a retiree from the military and I'm very proud, and I like people to know that I did serve my country," Zavala added.

"To me, it would be a good idea for the simple fact that when they show the drivers license they would, people would know that they were veterans," Gehl said.

If a veteran is already on file at the Grand Forks County Office Building, they just need a drivers license. Otherwise bring your discharge papers. Then just take your signed form to the DMV for the license change.

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