Veterans seek recognition on SC driver's licenses

Lawmakers in South Carolina are looking at instructing the Department of Motor Vehicles to put a "V" or some recognition of military veterans on driver's licenses, as eight other states already do.

South Carolina Vietnam veteran Bob Harris says the symbol is a matter of pride and recognition he didn't get after coming home from that war. Fellow veteran Willie Ellis says it would help veterans on fixed incomes get a few discounts from local merchants.

Sen. Jake Knotts of Lexington, who sponsored the proposal in the Statehouse, says he thinks veterans deserve the honor and could make good use of the discounts.

Others have expressed concerns that the well-intended measure could lengthen lines at the DMV, and that it ignores others such as teachers, who also deserve recognition.