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Vern Buchanan

Simple bill to help vets shows things in Congress aren't so simple

WASHINGTON A bill that would create a uniform identification card for U.S. military veterans is in the final stages of its journey from idea to law, and is being seen both as a nice benefit for America's fighting men and women and an illustration of just how hard it can be to get anything through Congress. Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican, the bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to issue a veteran's identification card. Such a card would allow veterans to prove their status without having to carry around military service records, such as the common form known as a "DD-214." Those forms, Buchanan said, contain sensitive personal...