Veterans Affairs

Editor’s Note: This article by Amy Bushatz originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Late last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it would officially launch the veteran ID card program Nov. 29. Gone would be the days of stuffing a laminated DD-214 into your back pocket before scoring hardware discounts at Home Depot discounts or free grub from Applebees on Veterans Day. Finally, there’d be proof of one’s service in the form of a glossy white ID card.

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As we reported on Oct. 19 in a look at questions around the new Department of Veterans Affairs veteran identification card, some veterans told us they were encountering trouble when attempting to register with Vets.gov — a step that vets must complete to qualify for the national ID card when the VA begins accepting applications in November. It turns out there’s a workaround, but figuring that out required some help from VA spokesman Curtis Cashour. Now we’re going to use the information Cashour relayed to us to help you.

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Army photo by Cpl. Alex Flynn

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been playing coy since it first announced that new veterans identification cards — wallet-sized IDs that allow people to prove their military service without a copy of their DD214 — will become available to former service members beginning in November, revealing details about the application process in piecemeal. Now the department has graced us with a little more information.  

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