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All you non retired Vets who do not use the VA to have one of their cards, or are not retired, or have base privileges, looks like congress is getting you your own ID card.

 

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"Congress has approved the creation of a veterans' identification card, making it easier for veterans to prove military service without having to produce a military service record or some other valuable document.

 

The House had already passed the bill in June and sent it on to the Senate. The Senate also passed the legislation, but a minor clerical amendment required a second House vote, which it took late Tuesday afternoon.

 

"Today is a good day for our nation's veterans," said bill sponsor Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida. "This bill is a prime example of what we can accomplish when we put partisanship aside and the needs of the country first."

 

Both House votes and the Senate vote were unanimous. The bill now heads to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign it.

 

Buchanan currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, but previously served on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Currently, individuals needing to prove military status routinely have to provide a DD-214, a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to prove their status, said Vietnam-era veteran Donald DiNunzio of Florida.

 

"I have been asked many times to prove that I am a vet but carrying around my DD-214 form is difficult and impractical," he said. "My DD-214 form is a large 8.5 x 11 carbon copy, delicate, old and quite brittle and thin. Having a permanent veteran ID card would be a much simpler way of proudly proving my veteran status."

 

A number of states, and even counties, will issue veterans ID cards. Among the states that do so are Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and Michigan, which retailers and restaurants will accept when offering veterans' discounts, according to The American Legion.

 

The bill text references these kinds of benefits to veterans, but also notes its usefulness in proving veteran status "without having to carry and use official Department of Defense form DD–214 discharge papers."

 

The rest is here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/07/08/congress-passes-law-creating-id-card-for-veterans.html

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This is good news. It's impractical to have to show your DD-214 and as pointed out, who carries it with them anyway? What I found crazy was when I renewed my license in Texas, I had to show my DD-214 in order to get VETERAN displayed on the license. While at the DPS office, I asked if showing my CHL (which also says VETERAN) would be sufficient and the lady told me "no". Rather silly if you ask me.

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When I retired I moved to Columbus, OH. You could take your DD 214 to the court house and they would file it, make you a miniature copy laminated. This is a good service because if you have your DD 214 at home and it is destroyed, it can be a pain to get another one. This way all you have to do is go to your court house and get a copy.

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When I retired I moved to Columbus, OH. You could take your DD 214 to the court house and they would file it, make you a miniature copy laminated. This is a good service because if you have your DD 214 at home and it is destroyed, it can be a pain to get another one. This way all you have to do is go to your court house and get a copy.

 

Scan it and save it to your computer or a thumb drive. These days 214s are emailed to retirees. Probably the same for today's non-retiree vets.

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I prefer to limit the people who have access to my personal information. Too many examples of records in gubment agencies being mishandled. That is both electronic and hard copy. And if I save the data to an email, I can access it anywhere.

 

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