The announcement was followed by delays, but one of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ long-promised amenities is now open for business. The Veterans Identification Card site has returned, and the VA has outlined the process of receiving a printed card that will clearly delineate veteran status and benefit eligibility.
We’ll put aside the long saga of the Veterans Identification Card, leading from a 2015 legislative promise to a working web portal in 2018. Right now, the most important thing to know is how to apply for the new ID. Fortunately, the revamped VA website comes with a fairly straightforward procedure, consisting of the following steps:
The VIC process stated above has been a long time coming. The initial announcement of the card site’s opening came on November 29, 2017, and acknowledged the “overdue promise” for an easy, all-in-one ID card that will help vets claim their discounts and benefits at retail outlets. The VIC is an alternative to carrying a DD-214 form on one’s person and is meant to be a simpler option for individuals with honorable service records who didn’t receive a medical discharge or serve long enough for retirement.
Military.com noted that of the millions of vets who qualify for the card, 14,600 had managed to apply by Jan. 29, around when the site reopened for everyone. The first cards will begin appearing in mailboxes in March. Until then, those who qualify can download and print a picture of their new cards as a temporary solution, or show the VIC image on a smartphone screen.
For more information on your veteran ID card and the benefits that come with it, check out vets.gov today.