State Representatives Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) and Lou Terhar (R-Cincinnati) recently introduced House Bill 173, which will allow veterans to obtain a Veteran Identification Card from county recorders’ offices when recording their important military discharge documents (DD214) for safekeeping. The card will display a photograph of the veteran, military service dates, and other pertinent information regarding the veteran’s service. The card will also contain their specific document number, so the discharge record can be rapidly located by the recorder’s office when needed.

“A state-issued identification card will help streamline veteran identification and also protect the veterans’ privacy by not displaying a Social Security Number or a date of birth on the front of the card,” said Representative Terhar. “It is the easiest and best option that both government agencies and businesses universally accept.”

As of March 2015 there are approximately 30 recorders offices that are currently providing or will be providing this service in the near future. The proposed legislation caps the cost of a card at $2 dollars and the fee is intended to help recorders recover costs associated with ink, toner, and other materials needed for producing the card.  

“It is our hope that all counties in Ohio will be able to provide this service to our veterans,” said Representative Anielski. “The identification card can be useful to veterans to prove eligibility for a number of services including; employment applications, veteran hospital services, and discounts at participating retail establishments and restaurants.”

House Bill 173 will remain in the House Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs, and Public Safety Committee for further consideration.

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