BREAKING: Vets ID Cards NOW Available Online
WASHINGTON – Veterans can now go online and order their new identification cards, Congressman Vern Buchanan announced today. Buchanan, author of the Veterans Identification Card Act, said official ID cards are now available to all veterans free of charge by visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs website (Vets.Gov).
“Every veteran – past, present, and future – can now prove their military service without the added risk of identity theft,” Buchanan said, noting that millions of veterans have been unable to document their service without carrying around official military records.
“These ID cards will make life a little bit easier for our veterans and serve as a constant reminder that our brave men and women in uniform deserve all the care and respect a grateful nation can offer.”
When ordering online, veterans will need to upload a copy of a valid government issued ID (drivers license/passport), a copy of a recent photograph to be displayed on the card and will need to provide service-related details. Once ordered, the Veteran ID Card will be printed and mailed directly to the veteran.
Prior to Buchanan’s bill, the VA provided identification cards only to those who served at least 20 years in the Armed Forces or received care from the VA for a service-connected disability. Veterans who did not meet these qualifications had to carry around a paper DD-214 document to prove their military status. This form contains sensitive personal information including social security numbers and service details that put veterans at needless risk for identity theft if they lost or misplaced their documents.
The new identification card will also provide employers looking to hire veterans with an easier way to verify an employee's military service. Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at Vets.Gov. A digital version of the ID card will be available online by mid-December.
Veterans can also call the Vets.Gov Help Desk at 1-855-574-7286 if they are having difficulties with the online process.
Buchanan represents more than 88,000 veterans in Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough Counties. He served six years in the Michigan Air National Guard and four years on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.