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      Michigan to designate veterans on driver's license

      Michigan will let its 680,000 military veterans get a special designation on their driver's licenses starting May 1.

      The new license will have the word "Veteran" in bold red on the front of the card. It's available to all honorably discharged veterans.

      Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes unveiled the license Wednesday. A 2013 law creating the designation allows veterans to take advantage of discounts at businesses more easily without carrying their discharge papers.

      Veterans renewing their license or applying for the first time will pay normal fees. To get the designation before it's time to renew, they can buy a duplicate license for $9.

      Johnson is hoping every store clerk seeing the designation on a license will thank veterans for their service.