RICHMOND – Delegate Nicholas Freitas joined employees of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on November 10th to celebrate and honor our nation’s veterans. Delegate Freitas served as the keynote speaker during a Veterans Day tribute at DMV headquarters in Richmond.
A veteran himself, the Delegate delivered a powerful speech about his time in the Army serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and 25th Light Infantry Division as an Infantryman and later with U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets) as a Special Forces Weapons SGT and Special Forces Intelligence SGT. He spoke on how veterans bring a unique perspective to our world today – working together towards a common goal. “One day during my second tour in Iraq, explosions and gun fire rang out,” explained the Delegate. “I came outside and my team was doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing. No one was doing something based on someone’s skin color or their political affiliation. In the moment, we were a team. All petty differences were put aside.” He encouraged others to follow that example. “We are all American. At the end of the day, that’s what brings us all together. We owe the families of the people who didn’t come back a country worthy of their service.”
Delegate Freitas also commended Virginia DMV for all it does to serve veterans across the Commonwealth. “Virginia is home to more than 80,000 veterans,” said DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb. “At Virginia DMV, we believe it is our responsibility as public servants to ensure we provide the best possible service to veterans. It’s the least we can do since they have done and continue to do so much for all of us.” DMV currently operates customer service centers at the Pentagon, Fort Lee, and is working to open another office at Naval Station Norfolk. DMV Connect and DMV 2 Go mobile offices bring services to military families and veterans where they need it – VA hospitals, veteran care centers, veteran resource fairs, and deployment events. DMV’s award-winning program, Troops to Trucks SM, helps train, test and issue commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) to active duty personnel who are preparing to separate from service. Since the program’s inception, nearly six hundred C DLs have been issued. In partnership with the Department of Veteran Services, DMV has issued more than 83,000 veteran ID cards and is working with the VA and community service organizations to address the issue of veteran homelessness by providing individuals with picture IDs. Beyond these programs, DMV employees generously give their time and financial support to military and veteran programs through volunteering and collecting holiday gifts for families in need. “Thank you for all you do, not only for the military and veterans, but for all Virginians,” said Delegate Freitas. “I’ve lived all over the world, and I’ve never seen such an efficient DMV with such great customer service.”