Finally, a little recognition!!!

PSA- For all the veterans that did not retire out of the military!

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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.

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

Veterans 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 available online by mid-December.

Folks, this is well worth it, especially for those who can use a little more help getting things done. An upside is that this card should also allow you to get discount benefits at places like Lowes, which gives either a 5 or 10% discount to veterans on EVERY purchase!


Finally, a little recognition!!! — 16 Comments

  1. Hey Old NFO;

    Thank you for the info, I will check it out in a few minutes….

  2. Hey Old NFO;

    Yep the site crashed… your card printed in papyrus paper?

  3. I’ll need to check this out. Here in Kansas you can have your vet status on your driver’s license, but something like this would be good as well.

  4. Here is something else that changed last month (Nov).

    Any Honorably Discharged vet (and family) can now shop @ AFFES online. One has to register and it checks Veteran status online.

    Can’t use it to shop on the Base Exchange but they have had a few really good deals since I signed up. No tax either and free shipping over $49.

  5. See what you’ve done?? 🙂
    Thanks for the info.
    Printed Veteran ID Card
    Thank you for your interest in the Veteran Identification Card! Currently, we are experiencing a high volume of traffic. We apologize, and want you to know we’re working to fix the problem.
    In the meantime, please enter your email address and we’ll send an update when the Veteran Identification Card application is back online.

  6. Florida has a Veteran endorsement on our driver’s licenses that works at Lowes.

    Clearly .GOV did not anticipate the NFOalanche and their server crashed.

  7. 1942 hrs central and it’s still busted. I was wondering where the Obamacare web designers landed…..

  8. Thanks for the heads-up! Have several co-workers that were delighted to find this out, and they said thank you, as well. One said that he’ll save enough money at Lowes and Home Depot to make it worth the aggravation!

  9. Step in the right direction. I don’t think there’s a UK equivalrnt, annoyingly.

    • There is nothing like this here in Australia either. Even after 23 years service, I had to hand in every bit of military uniform, even my socks and undergarments, as it is a Federal Offense to wear anything of military issue, not even your rank insignia, nothing. At least you Yanks have a choice.

  10. Down last night and still down this morning! Yet again .gov proves they have no clue how to build a high volume website (said from the guy that worked on the web team for 8 years).