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      Senate approves veteran designation for driver's licenses

      The state senate unanimously approved legislation that would allow a special designation on driver's licenses for veterans.

      It may be easier soon for veterans in Michigan to show that they qualify for certain services.

      The state senate unanimously approved legislation that would allow a special designation on driver's licenses for veterans.

      The proposal, which has been supported by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, calls for veterans who want the designation to provide the Secretary of State with proof of honorable discharge.

      Supporters of the measure say it will eliminate hassle of carrying other paperwork showing that the veteran is entitled to certain benefits or discounts.

      The bill has already been approved by the Senate, so it will now head to the Governor for his signature.

      "It's my hope that every store clerk and bank teller who notices the designation will take a moment to personally thank that veteran for their service to this country," said Johnson.

      Michigan is home to nearly 680,000 veterans. This marks the 28th state in the country to pass such legislation. This measure is just one part of a statewide attempt to boost service for the military and veterans. A new law was passed last year to ensure absentee ballots were sent overseas to troops by the required deadline, giving them appropriate time to return the ballots to be counted.

      Also planned is a new fundraising license plate that will raise money for Michigan veterans and their families.