The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new welcome kit for Veterans to help them use the VA benefits and services they have earned. The kit, created by the Veterans Experience Office, is now available on www.Vets.gov and will soon be sent to all separating Servicemembers as part of VA’s existing “welcome home” process.
VA has announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for 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 Veterans 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 Veterans.
“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran 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. Veterans 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.
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 VIC will be available online by mid-December.
As a way to give back to those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom, the IAM Veterans Department is asking you to join us by volunteering to place remembrance wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery this year.
The cemetery’s 624-acre landscape is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within its hallowed grounds. It is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families.
The wreath-laying event will take place on December 16, 2017 from 8 to 11a.m. and is open to the general public.
If you would like to participate, the deadline to sign up is December 6, 2017. Please email your name, address, cell phone number and District/Local Lodge to IAM Veterans Services Director Carlos San Miguel at firstname.lastname@example.org.