Montgomery, AL – Governor Robert Bentley has signed a bill into law that will allow veterans to have a special endorsement placed on their driver’s licenses. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Marcel Black (D-Tuscumbia) in the state House of Representatives and Sen. Marc Keahey (D-Grove Hill) in the state Senate.
“This will allow our veterans to easily prove their status as veterans and obtain any benefits, discounts, rebates or other accommodations to which they are entitled,” said Rep. Black. “It is a way that the State can honor our veterans for what they do and have done for us all, and I am proud to have played a part in establishing this new law.”
There are currently more than 400,000 veterans living in Alabama. The bill will allow veterans who have been honorably discharged from military service to have the word “Veteran” displayed on their driver’s licenses. The bill specifies that there will be no additional charges to any veterans who choose to have the endorsement printed on their driver’s licenses.
“In addition to the practical benefits for our veterans, we sponsored this bill because we wanted to honor Alabama’s veterans,” said Sen. Keahey. “Which is why I think it was very appropriate that this bill was signed into law on the sixty-eighth anniversary of D-Day.”
Rep. Marcel Black is a Democrat from Tuscumbia, Alabama. He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1990. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Rep. Black is an attorney and the past Chairman of the Colbert County Democratic Executive Committee. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
Sen. Marc Keahey is a Democrat from Grove Hill, Alabama. He was elected to the Alabama Senate in 2009 after serving three years in the state House of Representatives. Sen. Keahey has been instrumental in bringing hundreds of jobs to southwest Alabama. He practices law in Grove Hill, where he lives with his wife and three children.