WASHINGTON — Veterans and service members who are out of uniform will be allowed to salute during the Pledge of Allegiance, based on language included in the defense authorization bill that Congress sent to the president this week.
Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., announced Friday that bill included that permission. That language comes from Terry's bill to change Title 4 of the U.S. Code, which spells out how military service members, veterans and the public should honor the flag.
Terry said he was proud to see his legislation become law and noted that he introduced it after leaders of Omaha-based VFW Post 2503 approached him.
A few critics have said that loosening the rules could mislead members of the public into thinking it's fine to salute the flag even if they've never served in the military. But those pushing for the change insist that former service members have earned the privilege of saluting the flag.