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Free driver safety program being offered to veterans

November 9, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

CHARLESTON - In honor of Veteran's Day and in recognition of their dedication and commitment to service, the AARP Driver Safety Program (DSP) is waiving entrance fees to its classroom courses for veterans in West Virginia and across the country this November.

All military personnel, active duty or retired, are eligible to receive a free DSP classroom course during the month of November. Military personnel include those individuals who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves, or Coast Guard.

Military spouses (including widows and widowers) and dependent children are also eligible to take the class, free of charge, as long as they present valid military spouse, widower, or dependent identification, such as a dependent ID card or a membership card to organizations such as the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars. The classroom course normally costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

With classes offered in communities throughout West Virginia, veterans should have little difficulty finding a class that's conveniently located. Classes are limited in size, however, so those interested should call early to find a class that fits their needs. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

After signing up for a course, participants should bring a valid military identification to the classroom-such as discharge papers (DD Form 214), American Legion cards, dependent ID cards or Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) cards. Participating veterans will be asked to complete a Veteran Participation Form as part of the course, which will be provided on site by the instructor.

Locate a course near you by visiting DSP's online course locator at or by calling 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669). Please note that this promotion is for the classroom course only, and does not apply to the AARP Driver Safety Online Course.

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