A New Jersey county clerk's office has helped enable veterans to capitalize on benefits due to them with the distribution of identification cards, according to a published report.
M. Claire French, clerk of Monmouth County, has handed out 200 of the cards, The Freehold Patch reports. Bearers of the ID cards may have discounts while shopping that will remain in place after they complete their military service.
The 200th veteran to acquire the card, John A. Cohen of West Keansburg, served from 1965 to 1968 in the U.S. Army. His deployment was at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook.
The clerk said helping and recognizing the contributions of retired veterans is a moral responsibility of people in this nation. She said that she hopes other regions will follow suit with what Monmouth County has done.
"I believe it is our duty as Americans to do everything we can to honor our retired military," the clerk told the news source. "That is why Monmouth County began issuing the veterans identification cards to Monmouth County veterans. It is my hope that all counties will provide this service for the veterans in their area."
Veterans must submit their discharge paperwork and a copy of their driver's license to acquire the identification card from the clerk's office. The procedure takes roughly 15 minutes, French told the news source.
Identification cards for veterans and individuals actively serving in the military have the potential to fulfill myriad beneficial purposes as the nationwide discussion continues about voter identification laws.
Many states have legislated or are in the process of enacting laws to accept veteran and military IDs for voter purposes.
State officials in neighboring Pennsylvania announced last week that they will be releasing ID cards late next month for voters to meet the state's new Voter ID law, The Morning Call reports.