AUGUSTA – If the state legislature approves an emergency bill, Maine Veterans will be able to get needed medical treatment at federally operated sites.
Because Maine is not in compliance with the Federal Real ID Law, nearly 500 Maine Veterans have been turned away from a veteran’s medical facility in New Hampshire since the end of January.
Representative Jared Golden, D-Lewiston said “This emergency bill will provide them with a second form of identification that is necessary to be able to access the base and, subject to additional guidance from the National Guard.”
The bill will provide passport cards, which are processed faster than passports. The cards are accepted as valid forms of identification by the federal government.
It’s possible the bill could clear both chamber of the legislature next week.