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DiCicco Introduces Veterans ID Card Bill

October 5, 2010

Domenick DiCicco


Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco has introduced legislation that will make it easier for veterans to obtain benefits and discounts without having to show their discharge papers or other documents which contain non-essential but vital personal information.

The bill creates an identification card for veterans who are residents of New Jersey, but do not hold federal government-issued veteran identification cards which are necessary for veterans to receive discounts and other courtesies extended to military veterans.

“We should be doing everything possible to remove any roadblocks that hinder the men and women who have so bravely served our country from receiving the benefits they  rightfully deserve,”

said DiCicco, R-Gloucester and Camden.

“With identity theft so rampant, this bill will make it easier for our veterans to obtain those benefits without having to provide documents that contain personal information such as their medical history and social security numbers. They put their lives on the line to protect us. Now it’s our turn to protect them.”  

4 Comments leave one →
  1. John Swanson permalink
    October 5, 2010 9:59 am

    This is the kind of common sense legislation that needs to be passed, as it provides a means for our veterans to identify themselves as such, while also preventing imposters from trying to recieve veterans benefits fraudulently. Thats a classic win-win. Please keep up the good work Mr. DiCicco.

  2. October 5, 2010 5:34 pm

    I would like to say that I think that it is great that Mr. DiCicco has come forward to recognize Veterans at least after I started the Veterans Identification Program in June 2009, which has been Trademarked issuing ID Cards to Veterans. As a 20 Year Retired United States Army Veteran I expected someone to jump on board with this once I got it going but who knew it would come during a political election year. If you are a Veteran who served with honor and would like to find out more information about the Veterans Identification Program please contact me directly at 508-732-0007 or visit: for more information.

    Sylvester Ryan, Sergeant First Class, United States Army Retired

  3. 29palms permalink
    November 22, 2010 3:44 am

    Ok, what are the criteria for this veterans card? Honorable Discharge? 24 months active duty time continous? 90 days if in time of war? Just what is this veterans card? Can reservist and National Guardsmen with honorable separations get one? Is this tied into the VA system that recognizes a veteran based on how much active duty time you served or is this a general ID card for veterans with honorable separations regardless of status? I have an honorable discharge but have no ID card to prove my service. I don’t qualify for VA healthcare enrollment. The only proof I have in my wallet is life time membeship of PLAV. But that is not a veterans ID card, this is a veterans organization membership card. Why doesn’t the government give a veterans ID card to all veterans?

  4. Navy Vet permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:14 am

    This legislation is only good for NJ veterans. What we need is a National ID such as is now offered by the Veterans Identification Program. Until business’ only have to deal with one card, and they are educated to the Veterans Identification Program, they will be less likely to give veterans a discount as it simply becomes too confusing and too easy for fraudulent claims. Give the veterans what they really need, a nationally recognized I.D. card. Give the business’ what they need to help the veterans who provide the freedom the business’ operate under which is an easy way to identify a veteran and give them the discount they deserve.

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