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New state law may make it easier for veterans to get special discounts

6:50 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR-Knoxville) Veterans who want to take advantage of discounts offered by many business may now only have to carry a state-issued driver license.

In the past, veterans who take advantage of discounts have to carry a separate military-issued photo identification.

But a state law enacted last year now enables veterans who provide the proper documentation to get the word "veteran" printed directly on their ID.

Although the law was passed in 2011 and took effect in 2012, the state intends to announce the roll out the program in the coming days.

According to a spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Homeland Safety and Security, the delay came because the department couldn't implement the law until they started issuing an updated version of licenses.

However, all drivers license issuing bureaus now offer the option to veterans who present a copy of the Department of Defense Form 214(DD 214) separation papers and pay the standard drivers license fee of $19.50.

But just because a veteran has a special license, doesn't mean all businesses will accept it as a proof of military service.

For example, stores like Lowes and Home Depot require active, reserve, retired and disabled veterans to present a  military-issued photo ID card to get a daily 10% discount.

According to representatives for both companies they will continue with that policy and will not accept a driver's license with the 'veteran' designation as a valid form of identification for the everyday discount.

On the other hand, a Shoney's restaurants representative says they will allow veterans to present a designated drivers license to take advantage of their 15% daily discount for service men and women.



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