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U.S. Marine voices concerns over possible profiling with new veteran designation on licenses

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It’s something that society frowns upon. But now an optional veteran designation on driver’s licenses has some combat veterans fearing that’s exactly what will happen.  

“I believe it’s profiling," explains U.S. Marine Mike Adkins. "And in this day in age, profiling is a very unacceptable behavior.”

On Wednesday, Nebraska issued its first round of new state licenses with a ``veteran'' designation.

The new card could make it easier for vets to qualify for military discounts; but could make it easier for law enforcement officials to identify people suffering with post traumatic stress disorder.

“PTSD is not all combat related. It’s something that has caused you issues because of something you’ve seen or done.”

Adkins says that many first responders suffer from PTSD, and it is unfair that veterans would be singled out by the new licenses.

“It’s unacceptable. And why is it acceptable for those of us who have made the choice to do something bigger than ourselves and serve our country. I think it’s absurd.”

He adds that people who suffer from the disorder can still live normal lives.

“People can be very successful even having PTSD, it doesn't affect everyone the same.”

Adkins says he spoke up about the issue because he wants people to be more educated and not to jump to negative connotations with PTSD.

The Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nearly eight percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their life; but only about one third of those people spent time in war zones.

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