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Maryland Lt. Gov. Pushes For Veteran Status On Driver Licenses

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Delegates at the Maryland State House took a brief time out from the contentious debate over same-sex marriage to honor fallen soldiers from the state. The names of the eight active duty soldiers from Maryland who died over the past year were read aloud during a session of the House of Delegates.

Lieutenant governor Anthony Brown, the highest-ranking politician in the U.S. who served in the Iraq War, spoke during the ceremony. He's calling on lawmakers to pass a measure giving veterans something they've asked for: the ability to declare their veteran status on their Maryland driver's license.

"Many veterans want the card for the convenience of showing veteran status," says Brown. "Whether they're applying for a government benefit, or for something as simple as a discount at the local movie theater. But also veterans are asking for it for the pride of being able to show 'I'm a veteran. I'm proud of it, and it's right here on my state identification.'"

Unlike many other bills in Annapolis, Brown says he's seen no opposition to this one.


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