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County to roll out ID cards for veterans

The estimated 85,000 veterans of the U.S. military in Santa Clara County will be eligible to receive photo identification cards to access health care and other services via a program being unveiled today.

The Veterans Identification Card System will provide free cards for veterans to use to file claims for medical, disability and other benefits, Santa Clara County veterans services director Richard Herrera said.

The new cards were set to be unveiled at a news conference this morning in Santa Clara, Herrera said.

The card system will be launched officially on Thursday.

Herrera, himself a U.S. Navy veteran of the Gulf War, said the cards will show the branch of the military the holder served in, the war they fought in and whether they are suffering from a disability.

The cards will be used in place of papers, known as DD Form 214s issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, that veterans now use to verify their status at veterans hospitals and elsewhere, Herrera said.

The new, wallet-sized ID cards will be easier to carry than the DD-214s, which are one to two pages long, Herrera said.

The ID cards issued in Santa Clara County may be used throughout the state for identification, he said.

The card system is currently being offered only in a few counties in California and has been endorsed by the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers and the stateDepartment of Veterans Affairs, Herrera said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by USAFVet
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

How do we receive the new id card?


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Posted by kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Web Link


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Posted by BT
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

BT is a registered user.

I am a USAF vet. How do they know who the vets are? How will we be contacted to get the card? Some companies give military discounts so I hope they will accept the card rather than my DD214 copy.


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Posted by Tina
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

This is great news! Vets should have a card! I own the Mtn. View General Store and we offer discounts to Veterans and active military.(thanks to Mountain View Veterans)
I can't imagine asking a Veteran to show me a piece of paper. It's seems insulting.


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Posted by Robert
a resident of Slater
on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Robert is a registered user.

I see this as a solution in search of a problem, and opening the door to widespread fraud. My DD214 is one page, prepared by typewriter and then copied. The newer ones may be tamper resistant, but Vietnam era forms are easy to modify, so anyone can appear to be a veteran, even an illegal.


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Posted by Robert
a resident of Slater
on Jun 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Robert is a registered user.

I forgot to include in my previous post that I am presuming that a veteran would need to present a DD214 to get this card.


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Posted by Appreciative
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Veterans deserve the utmost of benefits, but should they need more proof of identification for benefits and discounts than any of us need to vote? Why is their promise in the form of a signature not enough?


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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

OK,, OK,,, will some bright research kinda guy/gal tell us where to go to get this great card ...????

Hope someone can.

Bye George


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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

Here you go folks:

Web Link

Source: www.sccgov.org/vets


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