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VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New US Vets ID Card

Vet Affairs Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veteran ID Card

November 29, 2017, 04:00:00 PM

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Unites States — This day the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.Gov) announced that the application process for the national Unites States Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Unites States Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veteran with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to US Veterans.

“The new Unites States Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Vet to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Vets with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain US Vets discounts and other services.”  

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Vets who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Vets must visit[3], click on “Apply for Printed Veterans ID Card[4]” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.

US Vets who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at A digital version of the VIC will be eligible online by mid-December.


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