During yesterday’s House session, State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township) voted for legislation that gives military veterans in Ohio another option for documenting their veteran status for purposes like employment applications, veteran hospital services and discounts at participating retail establishments and restaurants.


“Documenting one’s status as a veteran should be quick and easy,” said Becker. “With the passage of HB 173, the State is on its way to facilitating such a process.”


Specifically, HB 173 allows counties to authorize the issuance of veteran identification cards to qualifying individuals, either through the county recorder or the county veterans service office. While some county recorders already issue the identification cards, HB 173 seeks to standardize the cards and give veterans more options. The identification card will be useful for certain veterans who do not fit into a category to receive a veteran ID card distributed by the federal government or through their local registrar’s office.


It also provides veterans with an alternate route to using their DD 214 forms—a document issued by the US Defense Department upon retirement or discharge from the military—which is bulky and contains information too sensitive to reasonably carry around at all times.


No materials involved in the application process—including photographs, documents or other information obtained by a county recorder or veterans service office—are considered public records.


The bill now awaits consideration in the Ohio Senate.

 
 
 
  
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John Becker Sworn In As State Representative Of The 65th House District

 
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State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township – Clermont Co.) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 65th Ohio House District, which includes portions of northwest Clermont County.