Nearly two years ago,a constituent came to lawmakers and asked if we would help him. I can happily report that help has finally come. The Wallingford veteran reported that many veterans were struggling financially and in order to receive benefits at the hardware store or grocery store they were required to have a recognized "status."
What this means is veterans needed to have a way they could be readily
identifiable. The solution: place a veteran's symbol or in this case an
American Flag on the veteran's driver's license or identification card. A
marker, much like organ donors have on their driver's license.
Beginning January 2013, a new state law that I supported will go into
affect. It allows the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place
that American flag on a veteran's driver's license or identity.
Identifying citizens in need who are veterans is the most important first step
in channeling them to the many programs and services that are available.
Aside from allowing veterans to qualify for discounts at various stores and
retail outlets, this symbol will also alert emergency officials during a crisis
that the patient is a veteran and may have special insurance coverage or
The new law also immediately allows a free lifetime pass into any state park,
forest or state recreational facility to any resident who is a disabled wartime
At least 30 days prior to visiting a DMV or AAA office, veterans must submit to
the state Department of Veterans' Affairs a completed application and proof of
honorable discharge, such as a DD-214.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs will verify the veteran's military status
and electronically notify DMV of the request prior to the driver's license or
ID card being issued.
The application can be downloaded online at the Department of Veterans' Affairs
website by visiting www.ct.gov/ctva and clicking the "Application for Veteran's Flag" link.
The flag symbol will be added to veteran's license or ID card at no additional
cost at renewal time or when it is first issued.
Veterans can also request a flag symbol by mailing an application and additional documentation to the state Department of Veterans' Affairs at: CT DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS, ATTN: VETERAN'S FLAG ON DRIVER LICENSE OR ID CARD, 287 WEST ST., ROCKY HILL, CT 06067.
For more information on DMV services and office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dmv.
During these tough economic times any money saved or recouped can go a long way for those in need. You might ask which veteran does this affect the most – the ones that need it the most.