DDS to provide blood type option for Georgia driver’s license or ID card

Picture of Blood Type on Back of License IDGeorgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell, under the direction of Governor Nathan Deal, is providing a new emergency preparedness initiative for customers obtaining a driver’s license or state identification card.  Customers may request that their blood type be printed on the back of their permanent card. This addition is completely optional and may help medical personnel during an emergency. (Sample Attached)

“In an emergency situation, medical personnel need up-to-date health information to quickly and efficiently treat injuries,” said Governor Deal. “To better assist these first responders, our Department of Driver Services is now giving Georgians the option to include their blood type on their license or identification cards. This is yet another example of our continued commitment to the safety and well-being of our state’s drivers.”

“I am grateful for the support of Governor Deal and the partnership with Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner, Department of Public Health (DPH), to inform our customers of this new option,” said Commissioner Mikell.  “It is completely optional but may serve as an important medical alert for those that utilize it.”

“Every second matters in an emergency,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “If a person becomes incapacitated and cannot speak, it’s our hope that this information could speak for them, alerting rescuers to the person’s blood type and saving precious time.”

On the application for issuance or renewal of a driver’s license or ID card, customers will indicate if they would like their blood type printed on the back of their permanent card. A customer who indicates yes will then select their blood type.   The customer’s permanent license or ID will have their blood type printed on the back of the card under Medical Information.

For complete driver education, licensing and testing information including many online services, visit www.dds.ga.gov.

Georgia declared a Purple Heart state, August 7 will be Purple Heart Day

Deal signs Senate Bill 276Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Georgia’s Adjutant General, honored the courage, commitment and sacrifice of four Georgia Guardsmen in front of their families and fellow servicemen Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Atlanta.

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Rosenburg, Spc. Jonathan Mathews, Sgt. Stephen Bray and Spc. John Rivers received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat while assigned to the 1-214th Field Artillery Battalion.

Following the ceremony, Deal signed Senate Bill 276, which declared Georgia to be a Purple Heart state and designated Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Ed Harbison, a Purple Heart Medal recipient who served three tours in Vietnam.

“These four men, who were honored here today, are recognized for the sacrifices they have made,” said Deal. “But all of you who were in harm’s way were simply one breath away from being in the same exact position. So, in some ways, this ceremony, even though it is dedicated to the Purple Heart recipients, I believe it should be dedicated to all of you, because, you did not have a choice about where you were. You were in the line of fire in many instances, and we are pleased that you all came back. I believe this ceremony is for all of you, and I believe these four men would say the same thing.”

The governor asked the four Purple Heart recipients to stand with him as he signed SB 276, and gave each of the Soldiers a pen used during the signature ceremony.

“We thank the Soldiers and family members represented here today,” continued Deal.

“Sometimes people forget the sacrifices made by members of our military today,” said Deal. “They don’t understand the sacrifices made by Soldiers and family members. This is a story that we need to tell our fellow Americans, because it is the story of the sacrifices that have made our country great from its inception. We will continue only so long as there are men and women willing to voluntarily step forward.”

More than 16,500 Georgia Guardsmen have deployed overseas since Sept. 11, 2001. The 1-214th FA is one of the most recent Georgia National Guard units to return from overseas duty. The battalion conducted more than 720 combat patrols in western Afghanistan, from May to December 2013, and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. Approximately 500 Guardsmen are currently serving overseas as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Georgia United Credit Union 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

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A total of $12,500 was awarded and disbursed to 13 high school seniors through Georgia United Credit Union’s 2014 scholarship programs. After a record number of entries, recipients were chosen based on an essay competition, with consideration given to academic accomplishments, leadership and participation in both school and community activities. The top winners for 2014 were Colin Humble of George Walton Comprehensive High School and Joseph Long of Loganville High School, respectively.

GEORGIA UNITED CREDIT UNION 2014 VERNON E. CARNE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:

PLACE FIRST LAST HIGH SCHOOL

$3,000

Colin Humble George Walton Comp High School, Marietta

$2,000

Morgan Winn Lakeside High School, Decatur

$1,000

Rose Foisy Brunswick High School, Brunswick

$500

Samuel Potts Eastside High School, Covington

$500

Baylor Ward Clarke Central High School, Athens

$500

Robert Howard Northwest Whitfield HS, Cohutta

$500

Gabrielle Abraham Elite Scholars Academy, Hampton

$500

Colleen Garnto West Laurens High School, Dublin

$500

Rachel Stokes Luella High School, Locust Grove

$500

Margaret Clark Greater Atlanta Christian, Norcross

$500

Anya Delaremore

Arabia Mountain High School, Lithonia


GEORGIA UNITED 2014 ARCHBISHOP JOHN F. DONOGHUE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:

PLACE FIRST LAST HIGH SCHOOL

$1,500

Joseph Long Loganville High School, Loganville

$1,000

Ameet Kallarackal Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Roswell


Congratulations to this year’s winners!