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Scott Bennett’s initiative to honor Illinois veterans signed into law

bennett 040616CHAMPAIGN- Illinois National Guard members will soon be able to receive veterans status on Illinois identification cards thanks to State Senator Scott Bennett’s initiative that was signed into law today.

Senate Bill 2173 addresses complaints from National Guard members not being classified as veterans since they had not been called to active duty by the President of the United States, Congress or the Governor of Illinois. 

“It’s our duty to honor the sacrifices made by our veterans regardless of their rank or what branch of the military they are in,” said Bennett, a Champaign Democrat. “This is one simple step we can take to work toward giving veterans benefits they deserve.”

Senate Bill 2173 also clarifies that the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs will certify and verify the status of veterans for Illinois identification cards.

“Our veterans have served to protect our values, now, in turn, it is our job to honor the sacrifices they have made,” Bennett said. “We need to do whatever we can to honor our nation’s veterans.”

Senate Bill 2173 was signed into law on Friday, July 15 and goes into effect immediately.

Sen. Scott Bennett

Senator Scott Bennett

52nd Senate District

Years served: 2015 - Present

Associated Representatives: Carol Ammons; Chad Hays

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Gaming; Higher Education; Labor.

Biography: Bennett grew up in Gibson City, where four generations of his family worked on their family farm. He moved to Champaign-Urbana to attend law school at the University of Illinois after graduating from Illinois State University.